Humanitarian assistance reaches Darfur through Benghazi

Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The first shipment of humanitarian aid comprising 440 tons of flour from Benghazi port in Libya has started arriving in Chad for refugees who fled the fighting in Sudan's western region of Darfur.
At the launch of the supply route Wednesday, World Food Programme (WFP) humanitarian aid operations director Pierre Karas expressed gratitude to Libya for opening up the aid corridor.
Karas commended the Libyan authorities for their cooperation in facilitating the shipment of the humanitarian aid to Sudanese refugees holed up across the border in Chad.
He acknowledged the importance of the corridor saying it boosts WFP's capacity to assist victims of the conflict in Darfur, adding that UN emergency aid to the stricken peoples in the region would continued up to 2005.
Last 15 July, the Libyan authorities and WFP signed an agreement on the opening of a corridor for transporting humanitarian aid to Darfur refugees in Chad.
WFP assistant director general John Powell, who signed the agreement said the operation targets 1.
5 million persons affected by the Darfur crisis and will involve the shipment of some 450,000 tons of food.

13 august 2004 12:30:00




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