Access to food inside Libya a concern

Access to food inside Libya is causing concern for the World Food Programme (WFP), especially in areas affected by the ongoing conflict between forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and opposition fighters.

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Family in Libya

The UN food agency and the Libyan Red Crescent (LRC) have so far provided more than 62 metric tons of food, mainly wheat, lentils and fortified date bars to over 7,000 people displaced from their homes in Ajdabiya.

WFP Spokesperson Emilia Casella says that more than 20,000 internally displaced people will start to receive food assistance over the next few days.

“We are also preparing to do a distribution for 85,000 of the most vulnerable people in Benghazi and surrounding areas in the next two weeks. We did start with food distributions to hospitals, mainly fortified date bars starting on 9 March and we are hoping to be able to get more food in and more access in the coming days. At the moment we just remain concerned about the access for food inside Libya, especially in the areas that have been affected most heavily affected by the fighting.”

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