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WFP statement on the death of a staff member in Yemen

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply saddened to confirm that a staff member was shot and killed by unknown gunmen on Friday afternoon in Turbah, Taiz in south west Yemen.

Moayad Hameidi died shortly after being transferred to hospital.

Hameidi had recently arrived in Yemen to assume his new role as the head of WFP’s office in Taiz. A dedicated humanitarian, Hameidi, had worked for WFP for 18 years, including a previous stint in Yemen as well as time in Sudan, Syria, and Iraq.

“The loss of our colleague is a profound tragedy for our organization and the humanitarian community,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Representative and Country Director in Yemen.  “Any loss of life in humanitarian service is an unacceptable tragedy.”


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George Fominyen, WFP/ Rome, Mob. +39 3499336721

Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +2010 6663 4352 

Jasmin Lavoie, WFP/Amman, Mob. +15146322805

Annabel Symington, WFP/Rome, Mob. +44 7746397099