SUDAN WATCH: UN World Food Programme feeds 6.1m people across Sudan

Friday, June 02, 2006

UN World Food Programme feeds 6.1m people across Sudan

Between 1 to 28 May, United Nations World Food Programme dispatched a total amount of 40,167 tons of food from logistical hubs to the Darfur region in Sudan. - WFP Emergency Report No. 22 of 2006.

The Executive Director of the UN WFP, James Morris, arrives in Khartoum today to visit the agency's largest emergency operation, which was hit recently by a severe shortage of funds to feed some 6.1 million people across Sudan.

After meetings with government ministers in the capital on Saturday, Mr. Morris will fly to South Sudan, where WFP feeds hundreds of thousands of southern Sudanese returning home after 21 years of war.

The war displaced more than four million southern Sudanese inside the country and another 600,000 are scattered in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

WFP's emergency operation in Sudan, with a budget of $746 million, was only half funded and contributions, especially cash, are needed to end ration cuts and cover requirements for the last quarter of 2006 and into 2007. - UN News Centre report June 2, 2006.

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