Angola Hunger AlertPosted by: admin | Posted on: July 31, 2008
Since the April 2002 peace agreement finally brought a halt to Angola’s almost three decade-long civil conflict, humanitarianorganisations have gained access to hundreds of thousands of malnourished people, who have been hiding in the countryside for the past years, beyond the reach of aid groups.
WFP’s life-saving operations in the country have expanded rapidly to meet the extra needs. The Agency now feeds up to 1.8 million Angolans – an 80 percent increase compared to 2002.
WFP food aid is playing a vital role in the consolidation of Angola’s peace process. Resettling IDPs, demobilized Unita soldiers and refugees returning from neighbouring countries all receive food aid to help rebuild their lives.
In addition to the emergency food aid, there is a progressive increase in rehabilitation projects, such as Food-for-Work, a tool that gives people access to productive activities while working on behalf of their community in various sectors, such as education, health, agriculture and infra-structure.