WFP brings food via humanitarian corridor to Libya
Apr 21, 2011
Libya's federal food subsidy program is failing and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping in to deliver supplies via a humanitarian corridor in the western part of the country, according to a recent report from Reuters.
"We managed to open a new humanitarian corridor into western Libya. We asked for safe passage and were assured that we would have safe passage and that's when we were able to send the trucks in," Emilia Casella, a spokeswoman for the WFP, told the news source.
About 240 tons of food including wheat, flour and energy biscuits have been brought through the humanitarian corridor. Eight trucks traveled through Tunisia to reach Libya and the quantity is expected to last for one month, feeding about 50,000 people.
Libya has a population of more than 6.5 million, with the media age at only 24.5 years, according to the CIA World Factbook.
The U.N. is appealing for ceasefire as ongoing violence continues between the government of Libya and rebel forces. Much of the food recently delivered will go to civilians in Tripoli, Zintan, Mezda, Al Reiba and Nalut, among other cities.