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WFP begins distributing food aid to Kunduz IDPs

WFP begins distributing food aid to Kunduz IDPs

Oct 08, 2015 - 19:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok):  The United Nations Worldinfo-icon Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday started distributing food assistance to people displaced by the upsurge in fighting in northern Kunduz province.

More than 150 families, who fled to Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, from Kunduz, were distributed food to be enough for a month, the agency said in a statement.

It said food was being dispatched for nearly 950 families displaced to Taloqan city, the capital of northern Takhar province.

 “Earlier this week, more than 3 metric tons of food was distributed via the Afghanistaninfo-icon National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) to displaced families in Mazar-i-Sharif.”

WFP has provided emergency supplies of wheat flour fortified with vitamins and minerals to ANDMA which contracted bakeries to make bread for displaced people.

So far 1,800 people in a camp in Mazar-i-Sharif have received bread. Additional wheat is being milled in anticipation of increased needs in the coming days.

The agency said it was assessing humanitarian needs among the displaced families in northern cities including Mazar-i-Sahrif, Pul-i-Khumri, Taloqan and Faizabad and the WFP had pre-positioned enough food stocks for up to 12,000 affected families. 

 “WFP is assessing the situation in coordination with other humanitarian partners, and we are ready to extend our assistance to Kunduz as soon as the security situation allows us access,” said Angelline Rudakubana, Deputy Country Director and Officer-in-Charge for WFP in Afghanistan. 

 “Right now, we have the capacity to provide one-month of rations to approximately 12,000 families in the region. This will, however, require a diversion of resources from our existing programmes, and we are urgently looking to donors to fill the gap,” she added.

In 2015, WFP Afghanistan plans to assist 3.9 million vulnerable Afghans in all 34 provinces of the country with food assistance through various projects, including assets creation, school meals, vocational skills training and nutrition support, added the statement.


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