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Humanitarian Crisis Looms In Rebel Infested Region

Humanitarian situation in northern Uganda is becoming catastrophic as the World Food Programme says it is short of nearly 90,000 tonnes of food to feed displaced people. An assessment covering the first six months of 2003 indicates that World Food Programme (WFP) needs 108,000 tonnes of food valued at $59m to feed 800,000 IDPs (internally displaced persons) and 150,000 refugees, but that there is a pipeline shortfall of 87,329 tonnes. Consequently, the agency has drastically cut down on food supplies. “WFP has been forced to completely suspend cereals distribution to IDPs in northern Uganda and reduce cereals distribution for refugees by 50 percent due to serious cereal pipeline shortfall,” a January-June 2003 WFP report released on January 29 said. Full Story

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