WFP food warehouse looted in Abidjan

Food supplies, including rice and cooking oil have been looted from a warehouse of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Abidjan, the commercial hub of Côte d'Ivoire.

WFP food distribution center

WFP food distribution center

People in the city have been in desperate need of food as a military standoff continued until early this week between forces loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo and current President Alassane Outtara.

WFP spokesperson, Emilia Casella says her agency has now been able to access its warehouse in Abidjan to take stock of the available supplies.

“All of the rice and oil was stolen. And obviously rice is a very important staple but there were some quantities of high nutrient corn-soy blend which is generally used as a special food, a supplementary food for malnourished children which, apparently, may be recoverable, as well as perhaps some quantity of peas and salts. So we are pleased to know that there is some food that we may be able to recover in Abidjan.”

The World Food Programme is due to fly in 270 tons of rice and cooking oil to Abidjan which is now slowly returning to normalcy.

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