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UN feeds displaced in Central African Republic, urgently needs more funds

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The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today it's feeding displaced persons at Bangui International Airport in the Central African Republic. This was the first distribution of food in three weeks at the airport because of violence in the nation's capital.

WFP says food will be distributed to all 100,000 people at the airport over the next 10 days. French and African peacekeeping troops are providing security.

Denise Brown, WFP's West Africa director says, “We appreciate the joint efforts of the international community, especially the efficient collaboration of the UN agencies, that allowed food distributions at the airport to resume. We very much hope that security condition will allow them to continue.”

WFP has fed over 240,000 people since the most recent outbreak of violence in December. The plan is to feed over one million people in the war-torn country this year. However, the UN food agency is in desperate need of funds or it may have to cut feeding programs.

WFP depends entirely on voluntary donations. They are requesting US $ 107 million dollars for the relief operation. This will ensure enough food stocks to be able to carry out missions such as in Bangui today.

Brown adds, “We have overcome a significant challenge, but more are still to come. We are very concerned about deteriorating security in the Northwest of the country."

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