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WFP Loses Five Trucks After Convoy Seized By Armed Men In Badakhshan Province

Kabul – The United Nations World Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan confirms that five of its trucks have been lost following an attack on a convoy of its trucks on Friday Setpember 11, in Yaftal-i-Sufla district of Badakhshan province.

The convoy of five trucks had delivered food to the most vulnerable people in Yawan district when it was stopped by unknown armed men on the return trip to Faizabad.

The trucks and drivers were held by the armed men for one night. On   September 12, the trucks were reportedly destroyed and the drivers released. None of the drivers were harmed during the incident and are now safely back with their families.  

“WFP greatly appreciates the assistance of the local community who immediately informed us of the incident,” said Angelline Rudakubana, WFP  deputy country director.   “We regret that we have had to put on hold all our food movement in Badakhashan province until further notice, impacting WFP’s food assistance to the most vulnerable,”

An investigation into the incident is on-going and WFP is closely monitoring the situation with all relevant parties.  

WFP is a humanitarian organization delivering food to the most vulnerable people across the country. WFP relies on its engagement and coordination with local communities to ensure that its food assistance reaches those who are most in need.

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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 75 countries.

In 2015, WFP Afghanistan plans to assist 3.9 million vulnerable Afghans in all 34 provinces of the country with food assistance through various projects including assets creation, school feeding, vocational skills training, nutrition, cash & vouchers.

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About WFP
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 75 countries.

WFP has been working in Afghanistan since 1963 with the aim of helping Afghans build a hunger-free future for themselves and their country. WFP food is distributed on the basis of need, without regard for ethnicity, religion or political affiliation.

WFP Afghanistan operates a feedback hotline number and welcomes comments, complaints and feedback regarding the distribution of WFP food assistance. Please call: 0790-555-544

Contact information:
Wahidullah Amani, WFP/Kabul, +93(0)706-004-884, wahidullah.amani@wfp.org

 

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