WFP today welcomed a donation of 400,000 Euros (US$471,000) from the Government of Greece to WFP’s relief operation for nearly 400,000 victims of a much-overlooked conflict in the West African state of Guinea-Bissau.
“WFP is deeply grateful for this support from the people of Greece,” said Jose Pita-Gros, WFP Country Director in Guinea-Bissau.
“This donation gives a bright start to the new year for thousands of poor people in this country. A donation in cash means food can be purchased quickly and arrive sooner.”
We hope that this humanitarian gesture will pave the way for others to dig into their pockets in support of Guinea-Bissau.
Jose Pita-Gros, WFP Country Director
Guinea-Bissau is one of the ten poorest countries in the world and was devastated by a bitter civil war in the late 1990s in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes.
Many people continue to rely almost entirely on the international community for their daily needs.
The Greek donation is the first to WFP’s new relief operation in Guinea-Bissau, which started on 1 January 2006, costs US$12.1 million and aims to provide over 15,000 metric tons of food to some 382,000 people in need of assistance.
Included among those targeted for assistance are young children at risk of malnutrition, pregnant women and young mothers still breastfeeding, as well as school children and poor families unable to provide for their daily food requirements.
Greece is becoming an increasingly important donor to WFP, significantly stepping up its contributions in the last year.
In 2005 alone, Greek contributions to WFP operations around the world amounted to US$3.6 million, of which some one million dollars was donated to WFP’s tsunami relief operations in Somalia and Sri Lanka, and over US$600,000 to Indonesia.
“Greece has been generous in its support to some of the most forgotten people on the planet,” said Pita-Gros.
“We hope that this humanitarian gesture will pave the way for others to dig into their pockets in support of Guinea-Bissau.”