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WFP feeding war refugees in Chad, needs urgent funding

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The UN World Food Programme (WFP), in a report released today, says it's feeding 39,000 people in Chad who have fled the neighboring Central African Republic. Violence erupted last December in the Central African Republic causing widespread displacement.

WFP has set up transit centres in the South of Chad where the food is distributed. 7-day rations of cereals, flour and high energy-biscuits are among the foods being provided.

The pressure on humanitarian agencies will continue to grow as more war victims arrive daily. It is estimated that 58,000 people have already fled to Chad.

A 6-month emergency relief operation to feed 150,000 people has been set up by WFP. Food vouchers and prevent of malnutrition will be critical to this mission. Malnutrition in infants can cause lasting physical and mental damage.

The total cost of the operation will be US $ 16.3 million. However, the UN food agency says, "Urgent funding is re-quired for WFP to buy the necessary commodities and to begin voucher transfers." WFP relies entirely on voluntary funding from governments and the public.