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22 July 2015

First WFP Ship Carrying Food Docks at Aden Port as Humanitarian Needs Soar in Yemen (For the Media)

The MV Han Zhi with 3,000 metric tons of food – enough to feed 180,000 people for one month – docked at Aden’s oil port of Al-Buraiqa. Although it had arrived off Aden on 26 June, it was forced to wait over three weeks for a safe window to berth. More WFP-chartered ships are on stand-by near Aden carrying fuel and more food. WFP is working to channel food through Aden to people in need of humanitarian assistance particularly in Yemen’s southern governorates, which are largely inaccessible because of fighting. A recent food security assessment estimated the number of food-insecure people in Yemen at close to 13 million. This includes more than 6 million severely food insecure people who cannot survive without external assistance. 

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