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Georgia’s IDPs Face Risk of Hunger

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Two years after Georgia’s August 2008 war with Russia, the end of an international food assistance program could put thousands of families displaced by the conflict at risk for hunger, two international aid organizations say.(..)A lack of donations forced the WFP, which ran the main free food program for Georgia’s IDPs, to end the handouts in June, roughly a year early, said Mike Huggins, the WFP’s program coordinator in Georgia. The “WFP is increasingly alarmed that the most vulnerable IDPs . . . will face a very bleak winter,” Huggins said in an interview. “Almost all IDPs live below the poverty line and more than 90 percent are dependent on external food aid.”