Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Libya makes first donation to WFP - for millions at risk in Darfur, Chad

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed its first ever contribution from the Government of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

The donation of 6.1 million Libyan dinars (US$4.5 million) will help feed 2.7 million people in the Darfur region of western Sudan and 200,000 Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad.

Note, among other things since August 2004, Libya has also provided a crucial ground transportation corridor from the Libyan port of Benghazi through the Sahara Desert to eastern Chad. This continues to deliver substantial amounts of WFP food aid. To date, WFP has transported by truck 55,501 tons of food through this corridor.

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