ERBIL, Iraq – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on Wednesday ended a two-day visit to Iraq after high-level talks with government officials in the Kurdistan Regional Government, donors, and meeting displaced families who fled the violence in Mosul. WFP has launched an emergency operation to feed the conflict-affected population in Iraq and its operations to feed over half a million people of the newly displaced people amid security and funding challenges. Before the latest wave of displacements, starting with the violence in Mosul, WFP has already been assisting 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar Governorate, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria who are sheltering in Iraq.
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Scorching Heat and Bloodshed Fuelling a Humanitarian Crises as WFP Chief Visits Iraq (For the Media)
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) marks another sombre World Refugee Day tomorrow (20 June) as renewed violence in Iraq has driven half a million people from their homes to join an estimated 45.2 million people forcibly displaced around the world, according the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Working with the UNHCR and other partners, WFP assisted 4.2 million refugees and 8.9 million internally displaced people around the world in 2013. The majority of those refugees and displaced people were from ongoing crises in Syria, South Sudan and Central African Republic (C.A.R.).
The heads of two frontline United Nations agencies today urged donors to support a swift response to end the suffering of thousands of malnourished as well as sick women and children fleeing violence in Central African Republic (C.A.R.).
Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres stressed the dire plight of the most vulnerable arriving in Cameroon from C.A.R. exhausted, often acutely malnourished and sick.
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin visited the DPRK at a time when WFP’s operations are critically underfunded, with the objective of gaining a better understanding of the humanitarian needs and food security situation in the country and to get a picture of the challenges facing WFP’s work.
After talking with families who have been displaced by violence in the Central African Republic, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin assured them they will not be forgotten. Cousin was speaking during a visit to the northwestern town of Bossangoa, where she saw first hand the scale of the hunger crisis and the suffering of its victims. "We need the world to work with us to help these people move forward," she said.