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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Monrovia: first emergency food shipment arrives
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¬†The first food shipment in months has arrived in Monrovia, the Missionary News Service report. The World Food Programme, (WFP) the food aid agency of the United Nations, began an emergency operation in the Liberian capital with a consignment of half a ton of high energy biscuits - enough to sustain around 4,000 people. The shipment is the first part of an operation aimed at feeding 100,000 of the most vulnerable people in Monrovia, many of whom are gathered around the airport. Another 11.5 tons of biscuits should be flown in over the next few days. MISNA sources say the delivery has restored courage to the desperate civilian population on the edge of starvation. In recent months the UN agency had pre-positioned over 10,000 tons of provisions in Monrovia, including bulgar wheat, maize meal, pulses and vegetable oil. However, since the rebels of LURD (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy) launched their third offensive on the capital in mid-July, WFP has had no further access to its stocks. The UN agency has called on both sides in the conflict ≠ the government forces loyal to President Charles Taylor and LURD ≠ to create a humanitarian corridor allowing access to the population. "The international community must not waste time, in the awareness that it needs to make an appropriate response to the innumerable needs of the population," said Fr Armanino, Regional Superior of the SMA (African Mission Society). He told MISNA: "The arrival in Monrovia of the first consignment of WFP food aid is heartening," - however, he said: "the humanitarian emergency cannot be separated from two other fundamental questions: security and political stability." Source: MISNA
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