Saturday, 22 August 2009

WFP helps 17,000 displaced persons from Sa'ada war

By Nasser Arrabyee/22/08/2009

Sana'a- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said Saturday it helped 17,000 people who fled the on going war in Sa'ada north of Yemen.

WFP provided high-energy biscuits and dates to 7,000 people in Hajjah governorate last week and today it began distributing a full one-month ration of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and sugar to 10,000 people, said a statement by WFP sent to media.

WFP airlifted an additional 40 metric tons of high energy biscuits from the UN humanitarian depot in Dubai last week and is planning another airlift in the next few day, it added.

“WFP responded rapidly to this sudden crisis, providing life-saving assistance to thousands of homeless and hungry people who are reliant on our help,” said Gian Carlo Cirri, WFP Country Director in Yemen. “But we are very short of funds for our operations, especially now that the situation is deteriorating and the needs are increasing."

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