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08/28/2015 - 11:07

The United Nations World Food Programme continues to provide food assistance to over 300,000 Sudanese refugees in twelve camps in eastern Chad, who are still unable to return home.

Due to limited resources, WFP prioritizes assistance to those most in need, to ensure that people have enough to eat.  But at the moment, refugees from Sudan and CAR are currently receiving only 40 percent of the planned rations. 

Women line up to receive their monthly ration in the Djabal camp, in eastern Chad. 

Since 2003, Chad has been hosting refugees from neighbouring countries deeply affected by fragile security situations. There are currently more than 750,000 people displaced by conflict struggling to feed themselves in Chad, including long-term refugees from Sudan and Central African Republic (C.A.R). 

Because the refugees have been in the area for an extended period of time, the refugee camps almost appear like local villages.

Some refugees have set up a "taxi" service so that they can take food home to their families. 

In June 2015, work was completed on the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) runway near the Djabal camp, so that humanitarians can more easily reach people in need with lifesaving assistance. WFP manages UNHAS, which is a crucial service for remote areas that are difficult for commercial airlines to access.


Photos taken in Djabal camp, WFP/Laura Cantave

Since 2003, when millions of civilians fled their homes to seek protection from violence in Sudan, Chad has become home to more than 400,000 Sudanese refugees. WFP is still providing them with food assistance despite their plight, but they risk to fall in oblivion amidst stretched resources as Chad struggles to host more than 750,000 people displaced by conflict, including thousands of people recently displaced by violence spilling across the border from Nigeria.

08/28/2015 - 10:10

[donation-form|2015-wfp-yemen-story-widget |2015-wfp-yemen-story-widget|5690]Bossaso, Puntland - In recent months, thousands of Somali returnees and some Yemenis are arriving in Puntland, Somalia, fleeing the conflict in Yemen.

World Food Programme (WFP) Communications Officer Laila Ali visited the Bossaso Transit Centre, where WFP is providing humanitarian assistance to those in need, including cooked meals for new arrivals, as well as nutrition support for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and small children to prevent them from becoming malnourished. 

Photo:WFP/Karel Prinsloo

The exodus from Yemen

Since the start of the conflict in March, more than 100,000 people have fled from Yemen. Among these refugees, there have been over 28,000 Somalis returning to their homeland on overcrowded boats across the Gulf of Aden. The latest map from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) illustrates population movement, including returnees to Somalia.

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The diaspora of Somali refugees

This UNHCR map depicts Somali refugees displaced in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. In recent weeks Somalis in Yemen are returning to Somalia in order to escape the conflict.[story|644939|647601|646691|647070]

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Journey from a world fallen apart

The vast majority of returnees have landed in the port of Bossaso in Puntland. Upon arrival, the returnees are temporarily housed at a transit centre, which used to be a WFP warehouse. The centre is now filled with mattresses and the few items that families valued enough to bring with them on the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden.

Photo:WFP/Laila Ali

Some of the children I saw were visibly injured and morose; they seemed overwhelmed and vulnerable, their eyes imploring and demanding compassion.

Photo:WFP/Laila Ali

[quote|"Tell the world to help us"]Others embodied the word resilience, organising themselves into play groups, determined to hold onto to a childhood that is theirs by right even if their world has fallen apart.

What the children silently communicated, their desperate parents put into words: “Tell the world to help us.”

Photo:WFP/Laila Ali

The people returning from Yemen are arriving in vulnerable communities in Somalia, which were already facing dire humanitarian needs – a burden that is now growing, and would be hard for them to bear without assistance.

With the support of its partners and in close coordination with the Puntland government, WFP is responding to the call of communities, and providing desperately needed assistance to vulnerable people arriving in Somalia. 

Photo:WFP/Laila Ali

Ready to assist returnees neighbouring the Yemen conflict

At the moment, the conflict in Yemen shows no signs of abating. While it is difficult to tell how the situation will evolve, WFP is ready to respond in Somalia if people continue to make the dangerous journey across the Gulf of Aden in the coming months. 

WFP is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to assist if needs increase and resources are available. 

Photo:WFP/Laila Ali

To read more about the situation in Yemen visit our emergency page

To learn more about WFP's operations in Somalia visit our country page

More than 28,000 people – nearly half of them children – have arrived in Somalia fleeing the conflict in Yemen. Most are Somalis returning to their homeland.  

08/25/2015 - 10:20

Q / Mr. Ambassador, from 21-23 July you travelled to South Ubangi province to visit German-funded WFP assistance for refugees from the Central African Republic as well as host communities. What are your impressions? 

R / The projects funded by the Government of Germany satisfy the needs of the refugees and host community members. Personally, I found WFP’s approach to involve local communities in the design and implementation of activities – was good. As a result, we found that life in the camps was well-organised and peaceful. We heard this from the refugee representatives themselves when we met them.  This means that there is a strong buy-in from refugees into the projects that we support. 

Q / How would you describe your partnership with WFP? 

R / WFP is a reliable and long-standing partner for the German government. My visit to the camp, together with WFP’s Deputy Director, Ms. Silvia Caruso, proved this special partnership.

I would also like to express my gratitude towards UNHCR and UNICEF who are also very closely involved in responding to the needs of refugees, in close partnership with WFP. Germany is one of the largest and most consistent donors to the United Nation's work with children and refugees. 

Q / In 2014, your government contributed 6.2 million euros to WFP to assist C.A.R. refugees and affected community members. Are you satisfied with the way these projects are being run?

R / We are very satisfied.  For us, this is largely due to WFP’s high level of professionalism.

German Ambassador Wolfgang Manig with the World Food Programme's Deputy Country Director in DRC Silvia Caruso

Ambassador Wolfgang Manig (white shirt in the middle) with WFP Deputy Country Director in DRC Silvia Caruso right.
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Q/ What particularly surprised you or what did you discover on the visit?

R / We were particularly surprised by the very good relationship between the local population and the refugees. This clearly shows that WFP’s approach, including the strong involvement of the local population (in agriculture and infrastructure projects), has been extremely fruitful and beneficial for all stakeholders.  

Q/ What are your main concerns about the C.A.R. refugees and how can Germany help?

R / We are concerned about the future of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). We believe that the participation of C.A.R. refugees in the reconstruction of their country is very important and their contribution must be taken into account. This is something that Germany learned through the experience of the Second World War – we know that the reintegration of refugees is always difficult. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has considerable experience of reintegrating displaced people. Nurturing refugees’ attachment to their homeland is very important, otherwise they will lack a sense of identity. This is why we might consider seeking the approval of the DRC’s Minister of Interior to allow C.A.R. refugees to participate in their country’s upcoming elections. 

Germany does not intend to reduce its support to the Central African Republic, including support to C.A.R. refugees in DRC. In fact, the WFP office in Bangui is currently improving the situation for internally displaced people with German government funding. These funds are put to good use to create more stable living conditions for the displaced. After my visit to the Central African Republic, I suggested that the German government continue its funding to WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR programmes in this border region.


German Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Wolfgang Manig, along with the World Food Programme's (WFP) Deputy Country Director Silvia Caruso, recently traveled to South Ubangi province bordering the Central African Republic where they visited activities implemented by WFP with funding from the Government of Germany. Upon Mr. Manig's return to Kinshasa, the DRC capital, we caught up with him to get his impressions of the mission.

08/24/2015 - 17:18

1) An estimated 1.5 million people – 16 percent of the population – are projected to be food insecure at the peak of the 2015-16 lean season, the period before the next harvest when domestic food stocks get scarce. This represents a 164 percent increase in food insecurity compared to the previous season. 

2) Nearly 28 percent of children under age five in Zimbabwe are stunted, or have heights too low for their age, as a result of chronic malnutrition

3) More than half (56 percent) of all children between the ages of 6 and 59 months suffer from anaemia

4) HIV increases a person’s vulnerability to malnutrition. While the prevalence of HIV infection in Zimbabwe has declined over the past decade, it still affects 15 percent of the adult population, or some 1.3 million people.

5) Less than a quarter (17.3 percent) of Zimbabwean children between the ages of 6 and 23 months receive the recommended minimum acceptable diet for adequate nutrition. 

6) Although Zimbabwe has some 4.3 million hectares of arable land, only 2.8 million hectares of land were cultivated during the 2014/15 cropping season due to high fuel costs, and climatic shocks to name a few.

7) In Zimbabwe, where drought is the most common climatic threat to agricultural production, only 7.6 percent of farmers practice conservation agriculture.

8) Zimbabwe is considered a low-income, food-deficit country, ranked 156 out of 187 developing countries on the Global Hunger Index, which measures progress and failure in the global fight against hunger. 

9) The prevalence of food insecurity and absolute poverty are closely correlated. Poverty is most prevalent in rural areas, with 76 percent of rural households living on less than US$1.25 per day, compared to 38 percent in urban areas.

10) Zimbabwe has highly volatile food prices, which can increase by more than 30-40 percent in a season. Price instability, especially during the lean season, compromises households’ ability to access adequate food year-round through markets


1) 2015 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee Report
2) 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster  Survey 
3) Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey 2010-11
4) Nutrition Assessment and Vulnerability Profiling Study, Ministry of Health and Child Care,  2014; WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2014
5) 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey
6) 2015 Zimbabwe Zero Hunger  Strategic Review
7) ZimVAC 2014
8) United Nations Development Programme 2014 Human Development Report ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience
9) Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, Poverty, Income, Consumption and Expenditure Survey: 2011/2012 Report (April 2013)
10) 2015 Zimbabwe Zero Hunger  Strategic Review; ZimVAC 2014 

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.

Here are ten things to know to understand the food and nutrition situation in Zimbabwe. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

08/19/2015 - 15:22

Would you rather organize food deliveries by helicopter, provide school meals for children, or monitor food distributions in a refugee camp?

Find out what kind of humanitarian you would be at the World Food Programme (WFP) as we celebrate World Humanitarian Day on 19 August.

08/19/2015 - 05:46
Aid professionals

Marlon Laher, Driver, WFP Manila Country Office


Photo credit: WFP/Arlene Robles

Meet Marlon Laher. He has been a driver for WFP’s Manila office since May 2006. Marlon was one of the first drivers to come on board when WFP re-established its presence in the Philippines to assist in the conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao.

For him, the most challenging part of his work is when WFP responds to emergencies.

“We are usually one of the first persons to arrive in the vicinity and everybody’s thinking that we're already bringing food for them,” he explained.

“As a driver, our most important job is the safety of our passengers. Then we also help assess road safety. So if the Logistics guys call us, we can tell them what type of vehicles can pass by a road that has been affected by a disaster,” he added.

Marlon has responded to so many disasters, he fails to remember the exact names of all the typhoon emergency operations conducted by the organisation. However, what he does remember are the challenges he saw on the ground.

“Like during Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), it was emotionally difficult for us to see the people affected by the disaster. As soon as we arrived, we saw the casualties, people crying and the destroyed houses. Everything was gone – which is why as a humanitarian worker, I am always encouraged to help the poor, especially during disaster relief operations. We make sure that we give the right food to the right people.”

Nine years on the job and he is still inspired to continue his work for WFP.

"It feels good to help others," said Marlon. "In the first place, we are helping fellow Filipinos. If foreigners themselves come here to help us, then what more us, fellow Filipinos? We'd gladly go out of our way to help each other."


Apasrah Bani, Field Monitor Assistant, WFP Iligan Sub-Office

Photo credit: WFP/Raihanna Datuharon

Meet Apasrah Bani. She has been a Field Monitor Assistant in WFP’s Iligan sub-office since February 2007. As a child, Apasrah always dreamt of becoming a community worker. Working in the community, however, is definitely a challenge for Apasrah as she has to bring together different people towards one goal.

“The most challenging part of my job is to be able to bridge the gap between the people in the community and the local government units,” she said. “The province where I am assigned has unique and complex dynamics compared to other provinces; so my work requires patience and perseverance.”

Being part of WFP has widened Apasrah’s experience and allowed her to extend help to more people, especially as she, herself, is a survivor of the armed conflict in Mindanao.

“For me the most inspiring experience as a humanitarian worker is responding at the onset of emergencies. I can always relate to the experience of internally displaced persons (IDPs) because I was also once an IDP during the 2000 armed conflict in Lanao Del Norte,” she explains. “There is always the feeling of happiness when you see the people smiling back at you amidst the difficulties they are facing and there is always that sense of fulfilment when you see them recovering from shocks knowing that you’re part of that journey.”

For her, compassion is the one legacy that she wants to leave behind as a humanitarian worker.

“Working with compassion is what matters most,” Apasrah said. “If I may quote the statement of the late Maya Angelou ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’”


Jofer Siodora, Logistics Assistant, WFP Cotabato Sub-Office

Photo credit: WFP

Meet Jofer Siodora. Since April 2007, he has worked as a Logistics Assistant based in WFP’s Cotabato sub-office. Believing in the principles, goals and objectives of the United Nations (UN), it has been Jofer’s dream to work for the UN. So when he learned about the job opening at WFP, he applied and fortunately, was offered the job.

As a logistics staff, he is one of the first persons to arrive during an emergency and this is where he faces a lot of challenges.

“I have this dream of witnessing how a community develops through the work we do but, in reality, when we go to the ground and talk to the beneficiaries, there is so much that still needs to be done. We can only do so much because we have limited resources,” Jofer shares.

Being a logistician, he wants to see improved systems so that people affected by emergencies are immediately reached.

“I want to establish a transport contract nationwide, via sea and land, in a cost-efficient and cost-effective manner with transport companies that can meet WFP’s requirements with a quick turnaround time, particularly during emergencies,” he said.

After eight years of working for WFP, Jofer remains committed to doing his work especially, when he interacts with the communities helped by the organisation.

“When I am in the field visiting schools under the school feeding programme  seeing the pupils having their meals during lunch time, greeting me and seeing the smiles on their innocent faces really inspires me to do my job well because I know that we, as WFP, are one of the reasons why there are smiles on their faces,” he said.

Three people from different parts of the Philippines joined by one organisation – the World Food Programme (WFP). This is the story of three humanitarian workers from WFP's offices in Manila, Cotabato, and Iligan, sharing the challenges and inspiration they encounter in their work.

08/18/2015 - 16:50

1) El Niño refers to a pattern of unusually warm water stretching across the surface of the Pacific Ocean. It occurs every 3-7 years.

2) During an El Niño event, the relationship between winds and ocean currents in the Pacific Ocean changes, modifying weather conditions around the world. 

3) The resulting changes in rainfall and temperature affect crop and pasture development across many of the areas where WFP works.

4) An El Niño event has been active since March 2015 and is steadily strengthening as it approaches its maximum intensity in late 2015, before subsiding in early 2016. 

5) Over the next 12 months, El Niño could potentially affect the food security of a large number of already vulnerable people who are dependent on agriculture and livestock for their livelihood in Central America, most of Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.  

6) There are indications that it could become one of the most intense El Niños of the past 30 years.

7) Impacts in grain-producing countries could lead to higher and more volatile commodity prices and jeopardize the fragile food security of the people WFP serves, who already spend a large proportion of their income on food.

8) Impacts may be exacerbated by conflict and other factors such as urbanisation climate change and land degradation.

9) Impacts will be more severe where communities are already suffering from the cumulative effects of past poor growing seasons. They may already have been adopting a range of detrimental coping strategies. These include skipping meals, selling off their assets and pulling children out of school.

10) It is possible that WFP will be stretched operationally and financially during 2016 when the impacts of the El Niño event translate into increased food assistance needs across most of our areas of operation.

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.

Here are ten things to know about El Niño, the atmospheric event that threatens to complicate the food security situation in various countries across three continents. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

08/18/2015 - 14:02
Cash and Vouchers

Ambitions and challenges of a shop owner

Jihad comes from a family of farmers. From a very young age, he had the idea of opening his own store; leaving the vast fields to the confinements of a small shop with his name printed proudly on its walls. This shop would have shelves filled with everything people needed.

This was his dream!

Thirteen years ago, Jihad stood against the very same pink shutters looking at his dream come true, but only partially so. The shelves were sparsely scattered with products and, as the years went by, Jihad would fall heavily into debt. His customers, who too were struggling, would also accumulate their share of debt – always promising to pay him later and always uncertain when they would be able to.

At home, more personal struggles met him; four faces patiently waited for their brother to dress them, feed them and bathe them. Jihad’s two sisters and two brothers were born with mental and physical disabilities – becoming their caretaker upon the passing of their parents. A responsibility he took with open arms.

Recognition and renewed beginnings

Jihad struggled with his small business and family burdens for many years until December 2014, when the shop with pink shutters was recognised. The shop, known for its cleanliness and quality, was selected to become part of WFP’s voucher programme.

By February 2015, Jihad was swiping WFP’s blue Sahtein cards and suddenly he needed extra storage space for the many products he was finally able to buy.

WFP e-cards give each family, according to its size, an amount of money they can spend on locally produced items at a participating store. While families benefit, store owners do too. “Now my customers have the money to spend at my shop, I have more business and payments are never delayed,” Jihad said. “I look at the shelves now and see my dream finally becoming reality.”

A better, bigger impact

Each time a customer uses a WFP e-card to purchase food from Mini Market Al-Odeh, the money is directly transferred into Jihad’s bank account. He is now able to pay his suppliers without delay, and in turn, they offer him better deals for larger quantities, which ensures the shop has a steady supply of products.

Being part of the e-cards programme has made a positive effect on Jihad and his family. He can provide for both his little family and four siblings. “I am paying off my debts and I hope to be debt-free by October of this year,” he says with a lot of optimism. “I am even working to expand my shop so I can better serve the 162 voucher customers who come to my shop every month”.

Along the narrow pathways of Tulkaram, in the north of the West Bank, the State of Palestine, stands a small grocery shop with pink shutters. A sign hanging above reads, ‘Mini Market Al-Odeh’. Inside the store Jihad Al-Odeh stands behind a counter ornamented with festive lights. He is one of the more than 250 shop owners taking part in the World Food Programme's (WFP) e-voucher programme in Palestine. 

08/18/2015 - 13:33

“My day begins at 6.30 with a strong pot of coffee. Perhaps not one of the first things you would associate with living in a conflict zone – but the coffee in Syria is extremely good!

Since travelling around the country can be dangerous, my home and office are in the same place, which makes my commute rather short. I usually check any emails I’ve received overnight, before getting on with my tasks that day.

I am part of the logistics cluster, which means on a typical day I will help arrange emergency airlifts, provide trucks or other means of transport for convoys to deliver food and emergency supplies into hard-to-reach locations, and coordinate cross-border convoys of food coming from neighbouring countries into Syria.

A cross border convoy moves supplies into North East Syria
A cross border convoy moves supplies into North East Syria (Photo: WFP/ Hani Al Homsh)

Heart-breaking decisions

[story|647601|647573]So far in 2015, my team has coordinated the movement of hundreds of trucks carrying food and relief supplies into the country. Last year, alongside other agencies, we transported vital food, medicine, water and sanitation products into a town where people have been cut off from their most basic needs since 2012.

The scale of the Syria crisis is getting worse every day, and we lack the funds to reach the number of people who need our assistance. It can feel impossible to keep going at times - but we do. Even if it sometimes means taking heartbreakingly difficult decisions – like prioritising one family over another because they are more in need.

WFP reaches over four million people a month with food assistance across Syria. Most families are now heavily reliant on WFP in order to feed themselves. Without WFP and other agencies working tirelessly to access those displaced in Syria and the neighbouring countries, the humanitarian situation would be much worse.

A Syrian man carries food provided by WFP
A Syrian man carries food provided by WFP (Photo: WFP/ Hussam Al Saleh)

Threats to safety

In areas where there is fighting, it can be particularly difficult to get food to people. We face threats to our safety on a daily basis but fortunately, skilled WFP security professionals are on hand to help us avoid dangerous situations. I also do my best to keep ahead of any issues that may affect our operations – and ensure that I communicate with the rest of the team at all times.

I had quite a frightening experience recently while trying to deliver food to a particularly risky area. Due to its remoteness, we had arrived later than expected, leaving us with a limited time to offload food from the trucks before nightfall. As we were unpacking the final few boxes, sporadic gunfire broke out nearby and we had to make a quick exit. Fortunately, we made it out safely but scenarios like this are not uncommon for staff working in this environment.

Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers distribute bags of WFP wheat flour to internally displaced families in Syria
Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers distribute bags of WFP wheat flour to internally displaced families in Syria (Photo: WFP/ Dina El Kassaby)

We cannot forget this crisis

On a normal day, I finish work at about 19.00, or once all operations have been completed. I try to make time to go to the gym for an hour as this is my way of releasing the pressures of work. It is so important to take some time out when working in such an intense environment.

I always knew I wanted a job like this – and the first time I saw WFP in action responding to the 2006 crisis in East Timor, I knew that I wanted to use my skills to assist people in conflict. Naturally, there are downsides to the job – being away from my family is hard, and living in such an unsafe place can really restrict you but we are a close team here and we support each other.

Any downsides are far outweighed by the pride I have in our combined drive to get food assistance to the people living in this conflict every day. It is only getting worse for them and I feel like we have to keep reminding the world about this crisis – the longer it goes on, the harder this is."

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As a the World Food Programme (WFP) Logistician, Louis Boshoff spends his days coordinating the movement of food convoys and airlifts in Syria. He tells us about the dangers and challenges of working in a conflict that is now in its fifth year.

08/17/2015 - 14:17

“One of the challenges of working in Yemen is that in the current conflict, it can be very unsafe. Fear of kidnappings has increased and explosives are a constant threat. My journey into work each day is by armoured vehicle, sometimes accompanied by a security guard.

Once in the office, there is usually some routine work I do every day, such as meeting staff and overseeing logistics, but very often I have to handle emergency situations. When our food trucks get detained at various checkpoints, it is my job to make sure that every measure is taken to secure their quick release so that life-saving assistance can be delivered to the people in need. During these hard times in Yemen when people are desperate for food, we have to operate in an emergency mode.

Purnima inspects a WFP ship prior to its first voyage to Yemen
Purnima inspects a WFP ship prior to its first voyage to Yemen (Photo: WFP/Yemen).

Working amidst airstrikes

The reality is that Yemen is at war. It has experienced almost uninterrupted airstrikes for four months. Even before the conflict, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East and now the situation is worse; Thousands of lives have been lost, tens of thousands of people have been injured, over a million people have been uprooted from their homes and infrastructure has been severely damaged.

[story|647573]In a country where almost half of the population does not know where the next meal is coming from, WFP is providing life-saving assistance to millions of people – children, women, conflict-affected families – in need. We cannot reach everyone but without WFP’s assistance, more people would go to bed hungry, more families would be desperate in their efforts to feed children and more lives would be severely affected by the ongoing conflict.

Of course, working here can be tough. There are constant airstrikes where we live and work. Sometimes the impact of accompanying explosions are so big that the buildings shake and we have to go into bunkers. We have to exercise caution at all times by avoiding open areas and staying indoors when the situation is particularly bad.

One of the scariest moments was in March, when the airstrikes started and we had to evacuate over 400 staff from the country immediately.

WFP dispatches food during a humanitarian pause in Yemen
WFP dispatches food during a humanitarian pause in Yemen (Photo: WFP/ Purnima Kashyap)

The impact of war

Working in an emergency, no day is the same, but it will involve me reacting quickly to events and negotiating to ensure we can get as much food through to those that need it. I tend to leave the office by 5:30 pm due to security regulations but continue to work at home way beyond midnight.

It can be hard to disconnect from work. I like to try and set aside some time to watch a movie or to talk to family and friends via Skype. I am blessed to have a very understanding family who shares my values, but I do miss them every day.

I often wish I could walk around safely so that I could explore Yemen properly – I can’t even eat local food or go to a restaurant, and this can feel claustrophobic at times.

Witnessing the devastating impact of war on a daily basis is tough. But I love my job and knowing that we are helping to alleviate people’s suffering keeps me going. There is no greater feeling than seeing a smiling child who has been supported through our school feeding programme, or a grateful mother whose malnourished child starts to show the first signs of recovery.”


Dr.Purnima Kashyap is the World Food Programme's (WFP) Country Director in Yemen, where she ensures that WFP reaches conflict-affected communities with food. She gives an insight into her life in a country where it isn’t even safe to walk down the street.