23 November 2007

WFP response continues - food aid rushed to cyclone-hit Bangladesh communities

World Food Programme deliveries of High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) across the cyclone-affected areas are continuing as the food agency also announced the start of a substantial shipment of rice to be transported by road to victims of the Cyclone Sidr living in the five worst-affected Districts of Southern Bangladesh.
22 November 2007

Nehaia Abu-Nahla: Life as head of WFP's Gaza sub-office

Fear and violence are an every day reality for Nehaia Abu-Nahla, Head of the WFP Gaza sub-office. She spoke to WFP's Heather Hill about what it's like to work in a place where she can never feel safe, and where an attack may be just around the corner.
15 November 2007

WFP Helps Timbuktu’s People To Reclaim Land From Advancing Desert

In spite of previous devastating droughts and the advancing Sahara Desert, Timbuktu is green – thanks to a WFP reforestation projects. WFP’s spokesperson, Marcus Prior, accompanied Executive Director Josette Sheeran on a visit to the reclaimed land.

12 November 2007

WFP food convoy fast tracked to Mexico flood victims

When WFP's humanitarian convoy set-off from El Salvador, veteran logistics officer Andrew Stanhope braced himself for long delays awaiting clearance papers at the border. Instead his trucks received a police escort all the way to flood-hit Mexico, as the Mexican, Guatemalan and El Salvadoran Governments put Tabasco's red alert ahead of red tape.

8 November 2007

WFP Executive Director to visit Mali and Senegal - focus on "silent emergencies" in West African region

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will visit west Africa 12-16 November, to highlight the need for renewed attention on the region's ‘silent emergencies’.
30 October 2007

First ever airdrops in Uganda only answer after floods dealt another blow to isolated displaced

When massive floods swept across Africa in September, WFP launched an unprecendented series of airdrops in Uganda to reach people who had been cut off. WFP spokesperson for Uganda Lydia Wamala reports on the displaced people who were already living in camps and who received another blow to re-starting their lives.
26 October 2007

WFP hopes that Darfur peace talks will halt road banditry

Attacks on convoys are always a big threat in Darfur and pose a serious risk to WFP during its Sudan operations. The humanitarian community is hoping peace talks in Libya which are set for 27th October will make it safer to provide assistance to the poor and hungry relying on their help.
22 October 2007

Guardian editorial: Drip-feeding Gaza

The food needs of Gaza's citizens are now at the mercy of political tensions between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and other militant groups. WFP spokesperson Kirstie Campbell looks at how food is no longer a right when you're more or less cut off from the outside world.
17 October 2007

Afghan women brave insecurity to go back to school

Thousands of Afghan women are defying potential threats to take their first steps in education. WFP Afghanistan spokesperson Jackie Dent reports on how WFP food is playing an important role in getting Afghan women out of the house and into the classroom.

17 October 2007

Detention of WFP staff member in Mogadishu

The United Nations World Food Programme calls for the immediate release of Mr. Idris Osman, WFP's officer-in-charge of our Mogadishu office, who was taken at gunpoint by the Somali National Security Service (NSS) after the storming of a UN compound in Mogadishu.


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