Tajikistan - New Year Food Distribution
In Tajikistan the burden of rural poverty is shouldered mostly by women, who raise the children alone after their husbands disappear into Russia’s remittance labour pool, move away to take a second wife, or die.
WFP distributes a two-month food ration to the most vulnerable families in Tajikistan at two times of the year – in the pre-harvest “lean season” and before the winter sets in.
In 2009 WFP gave food to some 250,000 vulnerable people in November and December, the biggest such distribution in four years. Among the beneficiaries were many widows and abandoned wives.
Rajabgul Rasulova has just had a rare taste of happiness in her life of hardscrabble survival. Thanks to a WFP food distribution, she now has something to put on the table for the family New Year celebration. Read story
For many villagers the daily diet is unchanging: tea and bread in the morning, soup made of peas, onions and water for lunch and tea with what remains of the soup for supper.
This food distribution took place in the Essanboy district, one of the poorest parts of what is already the poorest country in the Commonwealth of Independent States.