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World Food Programme begins food airlifts to Sudan's Darfur region

The United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) began airlifting enriched food from the Ethiopian capital to Sudan’s western Darfur region, where it estimates 1.2 million people will need food aid every month until October. Two WFP-chartered Ilyushin cargo planes will make 44 trips to Nyala in south Darfur and El Fasher in north Darfur to carry 2,000 metric tons of enriched flour — enough to feed some 300,000 people for one month — to the war-torn region, the WFP said in a statement Thursday. “We have launched this airlift to deliver critically needed food aid to Darfur. Without this enriched food, the lives of thousands of children, pregnant and lactating women are at risk due to widespread severe malnutrition in the conflict-ridden region,” said Abnezer Ngowi, WFPs Acting Country Director in Ethiopia.Full Story

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