Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Darfur experiences major cut in U.N. food aid after bandit attacks

Bandit attacks on drivers and trucks delivering food aid have caused the World Food Programme (WFP) to cut its deliveries to the region in half, BBC News reported Monday.

Roughly two million people in Darfur rely on food aid.

The other alternative would be to send aid through the air. However, due to a lack of funding, WFP says it may have to halt its Humanitarian Air Service even though its “helicopters and aircraft are needed more than ever because of high insecurity on the roads,” according to WFP representative in Sudan Kenro Oshidari. Such a change would also affect WFP flights to South Sudan.

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