July 26, 2007 |
Attacks on aid convoys in Sudan's Darfur region are hampering the world's largest humanitarian operation, and about 170,000 people are out of reach of food aid because of the violence, the United Nations' World Food Program said. Nine food convoys have been ambushed by gunmen in the last two weeks, the WFP said in a statement. Darfur rebel groups have been battling the Sudanese government since 2003.
August 17, 2000 |
Saying Islam completely forbids women working, Afghanistan's hard-line Taliban regime shut down bakeries run by widows, who are among the country's poorest of the poor. The bakeries were started by the United Nations World Food Program and allowed widows to be paid salaries to make bread that was sold at a subsidized price to other widows. The order left 350 women without jobs, said Peter Goossens, country director for the WFP.
August 7, 2005 |
Somali pirates who have been holding 10 hostages on a ship chartered by the United Nations' World Food Program have agreed to release the vessel and crew. The pirates seized the Semlow on June 27 as it headed for the northern port of Bossaso carrying 850 tons of rice. They demanded a $500,000 ransom but later reduced that to demand the rice. Diplomats and local leaders held talks Friday in the city of Jawhar. The WFP said the hijackers had agreed to release the ship and rice in El Maan.
July 5, 2005 |
The United Nations World Food Program said it has suspended aid shipments to Somalia after gunmen hijacked a vessel it chartered and demanded a $500,000 ransom. The WFP provides an average of 3,000 tons of aid a month to 275,000 people in the country. It said it has only two weeks' worth of food inside Somalia. Militias captured the MV Semlow and its 10 crew members a week ago.
April 18, 2008 |
The United Nations' World Food Program said it would cut food rations by half for up to 3 million people in Sudan's Darfur region starting next month because attacks on its trucks had reduced stocks. The agency said 60 of its contracted trucks had been hijacked since the start of the year, with 39 still missing, 26 drivers unaccounted for and a driver killed last month. The U.N. program said trucks should be delivering nearly 2,000 tons of food daily to supply warehouses.
December 2, 2005 |
Zimbabwe signed an agreement with the U.N. to feed at least 3 million people after denying major food shortages. Ties with the United Nations' World Food Program had been strained since President Robert Mugabe's government told the agency and other international organizations to stop large-scale feeding programs last year. The memorandum was signed after weeks of discussions, WFP said. It sets out a framework under which distributions will take place through June.