Sunday, March 16, 2008

Darfur Relief Workers Experience Blocks and Danger

A senior WFP official told the BBC that more than 50 supply trucks have been hijacked there in the last year alone.

As many as 13 drivers are still missing, he said.

Fighting in the war-torn Sudanese region has increased recently, and some two million people there rely on the UN agency for their food supplies.

'Worse to come'

Speaking to BBC News, senior WFP official Paulo Mattei gave details of the losses his organisation had suffered in the last 12 months.

"That makes the delivery of food to this remote part of Sudan very difficult," he said.

And he warned that the situation will only worsen once the rainy season begins.


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