Rumble: Food Convoys: No Romantic Trips

WFP Food convoy in Darfur

In Sudan, a series of attacks on UN World Food Programme (WFP) food truck convoys in the last week has resulted in the deaths of three WFP-contracted drivers. Two were shot dead in one incident on 16 October and another died in a second earlier incident on 12 October.

On Thursday 18 October, another incident occurred near Jebel Mara in South Darfur. According to initial reports, five WFP-contracted trucks were stopped by 20 armed men. Two of the five trucks were stolen along with their cargo of relief food (23 tons). All the drivers were released, however some sustained injuries. All personal belongings were stolen.

Since the beginning of this year, there have been more than 20 attacks on WFP food aid convoys in Darfur.
WFP is the organisation bringing in the majority of food aid to Darfur.

Picture courtesy Martin Walsh

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Marianne 18 November, 2007 03:33  

We've been losing WFP food convoys in Afghanistan as well - and most of that food is due for Ghor. I'm becoming increasingly concerned that it won't get in before winter and people will starve. This one just breaks my hear and I wish I could go down to Farah with photos of the kids here in Ghor and convince the criminals looting these trucks (not the Taleban it seems) that those kids need the food more than they do...

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