Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2009

West Africa / World Food Programme



West Africa / World Food Programme


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

The World Food Programme, meanwhile, is shutting down its Humanitarian Air Service due to serious lack of financial resources, the agency said earlier today.


The Air Service will ground its fleet for good on 20 March.  This will affect aid operations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.


In 2008, UNHAS [United Nations Humanitarian Air Service] carried more than 360,000 humanitarian passengers and 15,000 metric tons of humanitarian cargo in 16 countries, on 58 chartered aircraft.  There is more on this that came in, in the Geneva briefing notes, which just came in while I was leaving the Office. 


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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