Somalia, WAJID, December 2005

WFP food aid being unloaded on 4/12/05 at a camp for refugees and internally displaced people on the edge of the southern Somali town of Wajid. Much of the food came from the first WFP convoy carrying food aid into Somalia in nearly five years, which arrived only hours earlier. The convoy took 13 days to reach Wajid from the Kenyan port of Mombasa and had to pass 15 militia checkpoints in Somalia on the 120-kilometre route from the Kenyan border. The 17 WFP-contracted trucks in the convoy carried a total of 500 tons of food aid made up of 137 tons of maize donated by Denmark and the Netherlands, 20 tons of vegetable oil from Sweden, 50 tons of pulses from Canada and 293 tons of maize bought with funds from the African Development Bank. WFP had to reopen the overland supply route into Somalia because a plague of piracy off Somalia in 2005 forced ships to stop supplying Somalia with food and other imports. The October-December Deyr rains failed in much of southern Somalia in 2005 and it is expected that total cereal production in Somalia in 2005 will be the lowest in a decade so WFP will have to rapidly increase its food aid deliveries to the south by road.

Photo: WFP/Peter Smerdon

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