UN food agency resumes food distribution at Bangui airport in CARListen /
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food distribution at Bangui International airport in the Central African Republic, where over 100,000 people have sought refuge.
The food distribution at the airport was suspended nearly three weeks ago due to insecurity.
On Tuesday, with the assistance of French troops who secured the distribution site at the airport, WFP was able to provide food rations, tarpaulins, and water containers to 5,490 people.
WFP has been working with other UN agencies and community leaders over the last few weeks to organize secure distributions of food and other assistance to the displaced persons at the airport.
The agency's West Africa Regional Director, Denise Brown, says WFP has been able to overcome a significant challenge at the airport.
However, she adds, WFP remains concerned about deteriorating security in the north-western part of the country.
She appeals to all parties to the conflict in CAR to provide safe access to humanitarian workers and supplies and to all people who are in need of assistance wherever they are.
WFP has appealed for nearly $107 million for CAR to assist up to 1.25 million people over the next eight months.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.