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USAID Helps WFP Continue Food Assistance To 50,000 Malian Refugees In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$2 million contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), allowing WFP to support nearly 50,000 vulnerable Malian refugees from October onwards.

“This contribution could not have come at a better time,” says Janne Suvanto, WFP Representative in Mauritania. “Our food stocks are at their lowest. Without this support, we would not have been able to provide food assistance to the Malian refugees as of October. This could have had disasterous consequences for this extremely vulnerable population, who is depending on aid to survive.”

USAID has donated more than USD 5.4 million since the beginning of 2015 to support Malian refugees in Mauritania, who are still unable to return to their homes due to continued insecurity and violence in their country. The new contribution will allow WFP to purchase nearly 1,540 tons of rice and 93 tons of oil for Malian refugees in Mbera camp.

Since 2012, WFP has worked closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Government, and non-governmental organizations to provide crucial assistance to Malian refugees who fled the conflict in northern Mali.

WFP provides monthly rations to all refugees to cover their basic food needs, along with fortified nutritious foods for children under five and pregnant and nursing women in order to treat and prevent moderate acute malnutrition. Children attending schools in the camp also receive a daily hot meal.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Marie-Joelle Jean-Charles, WFP/Mauritanie,, +222 27093363
Adel Sarkozi, WFP/Dakar,, + 221 776375964