News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

6 April 2004

WFP's food aid in DRC halted by attacks

Kinshasa/Bukavu WFP appeals for an end to looting and attacks against its offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying that the violence has forced the temporary suspension of its aid operations in many parts of the central African country.
5 April 2004

WFP confirms massive humanitarian crisis in Darfur, and calls the plight of Sudanese refugees "tragic"

London - The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, today underlined the severity of the humanitarian challenge facing more than a million people displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, and over a hundred thousand Sudanese refugees who have fled across the border to Chad.
3 April 2004

Fresh insecurity hampers food delivery in Burundi

Nairobi - WFP expresses concern that an upsurge in fighting over past weeks in parts of Burundi has prevented it from delivering food assistance to thousands of newly displaced people.
3 April 2004

Lesotho Drought Crisis to Continue for A Third Year

Maseru - Hundreds of thousands of people in Lesotho will require international assistance for a third consecutive year due to the combined impact of another devastating drought and the worsening HIV/AIDS epidemic, warned James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.
3 April 2004

WFP ends operation in Serbia and Montenegro

Rome WFP announces the end of its operation in Serbia and Montenegro, proclaiming the food emergency there over. Having already closed its office in Podgorica on 29 February, the relief organisation will officially close its office in Belgrade on 31 March.
3 April 2004

WFP sends emergency relief to Morocco's earthquake victims

Cairo WFP launches a US$200,000 emergency operation to assist the victims of the earthquake that devastated the Al-Hoceima region in north-eastern Morocco in the early morning hours of 24 February, killing almost 600 people, injuring hundreds and leaving many hom
25 March 2004

Urgently needed food shipped to isolated city of Cap Haitien

Port-au-Prince, Haiti The first shipment of urgently needed food aid has departed the Haitian capital today, destined for the northern city of Cap Haitien where it will be distributed to 181,000 vulnerable people in the north of the country, WFP announces.
19 March 2004

WFP starts food aid packages for HIV/AIDS families in Myanmar

Yangon - Expanding its global campaign to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic, WFP starts distributing food for the first time to families stricken with the virus in Myanmar, where infection rates are among the highest in Southeast Asia.
18 March 2004

Top WFP official calls for end to tragedy in Northern Uganda

Kampala - The wanton violence and killing in northern Uganda that has created one of Africa\'s largest displaced populations must end, says WFP Deputy Executive Director, Sheila Sisulu. She made the call, after visiting a displaced camp in Uganda\'s beleaguered north.
16 March 2004

WFP assists cyclone and flood victims in Madagascar

Antananarivo - As part of its response to Cyclone Gafilo which has hit Madagascar twice in the past ten days, WFP announces that it is sending a first shipment of 20 tonnes of food aid for up to 1,000 people who have been stranded by rising flood waters in the south-west.


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