A Long Journey To Deliver Food To Displaced People In North Darfur
A WFP staff member loads a bag of split yellow peas into a truck at a WFP warehouse in El Fasher, North Darfur. WFP, through its partner African Humanitarian Action, provides food assistance to some 20,000 displaced people who have been living in Nifasha and Shadad Camp in Shangil Tobaya.
UNAMID troops discuss convoy route before setting off on the 100 km journey between El Fasher and Shangil Tobaya. "Insecurity is one of our key concerns and we would not be able to deliver much needed life-saving food assistance to the conflict-affected people in this region if we do not have UNAMID troops escorting our convoy," says WFP Head of Fleet Nena Grovic.
Along the way on a very dangerous route one of the trucks had a flat tyre and the convoy had to stop and wait for the tyre to be replaced. The distance between El Fasher and Shangil Tobaya is around 100 kilometres but the trip took more than eight hours due to bad road conditions.
WFP truck driver Abdurrahim Mohamed washes his face during a break near Shangil Tobaya.
A WFP truck driver makes a bed next to his truck after arriving at the UNAMID base in Shangil Tobaya where he spent the night with his fellow truck drivers before returning to El Fasher the following day.
WFP truck driver Mohamed Musa listens to the radio after waking up in the morning at the UNAMID base in Shangil Tobaya where he and the other drivers spent the night.
Convoy drivers having breakfast together in Shangil Tobaya before hitting the road again to return to El Fasher.
A community leader in Nifasha Camp for displaced people in Shangil Tobaya gives a thumbs up to the arrival of food. Nifasha is one of two camps for internally displaced people in Shangil Tobaya that WFP has been assisting since the conflict broke out in 2003.
A community member sweeps the floor of a shed where WFP food would be unloaded and prepared for distribution.
A pick-up with UNAMID troops from Rwanda escorts the convoy on its way from Shangil Tobaya to Nifasha camp where displaced people are waiting to receive their monthly food ration. WFP rations remain the main source of food for IDPs in the Shangil Tobaya area.
Every month WFP moves some 7,000 metric tons of food across Darfur to provide assistance to three million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other conflict-affected people in the region. Moving food within Darfur has always been fraught with difficulties given poor road conditions and insecurity. To be able to deliver food, WFP relies its skilled pool of truck drivers and on UNAMID troops that escort the convoy.