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WFP Executive Director mourns loss of WFP staffer in Sudan plane crash

ROME – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley, has extended his condolences to the Government and people of Sudan after a plane crash in the west of Sudan towards the end of last week which claimed the lives of 15 people, among them a staff member of the World Food Programme, his wife and two children.

Mohamed Ismail Hamza, a Sudanese national who worked as an Aviation Associate in El Geneina Area office, was travelling with his wife Halima and their two children, Hamza (4) and Huzaifa (2). The plane crashed shortly after taking off from El Geneina airport in West Darfur on Thursday 2 January. It was bound for the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

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Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo
Mob. +201 0666 3435 2

Frances Kennedy, WFP/ Rome
Tel. +39 06 6513 3725, Mob. +39 346 7600 806

Bettina Luescher, WFP/ Berlin
Mob. +49 160 992 617 30

Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/ Geneva
Mob. +41 79 842 8057

Jane Howard, WFP/London
Tel. +44 (0) 20 3857 7413, Mob. +44 796 8008 474

Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington
Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993