GENEVA / WFP YEMEN PARTIAL WITHDRAWAL

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World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended aid delivery in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, affecting 850,000 people, “after long negotiations stalled on an agreement to introduce controls to prevent the diversion of food,” WFP spokesperson said today in Geneva. WFP will maintain nutrition programmes for Sana’a’s malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / WFP YEMEN PARTIAL WITHDRAWAL
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DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson, WFP:
“The United Nations World Food Programme has started a partial suspension of food assistance operations in areas of Yemen under the control of the Sana’a-based authorities. The decision was taken as a last resort after long negotiations stalled on an agreement to introduce controls to prevent the diversion of food away from some of the most vulnerable people in Yemen. WFP’s priority remains to feed the hungriest children, women and men in Yemen. But as in any conflict zone, some individuals seek to profit from preying on the vulnerable and diverting food away from where it is most needed. WFP has been seeking the support of the Sana’a-based authorities to introduce a biometric registration system that would prevent diversion and protect the Yemeni families we serve, ensuring food reaches those who need it most. Unfortunately, we are yet to reach agreement. The integrity of our operation is under threat and our accountability to those we help has been undermined. WFP has repeatedly appealed to the Sana’a-based authorities to grant us the space and freedom to operate according to the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and operational independence, which guide our work in 83 countries around the world. Too many Yemenis have suffered for too long during this ongoing conflict. We will continue to seek cooperation from the Sana’a-based authorities and we remain optimistic that a way forward can be found. We are ready to immediately resume food distributions once we reach agreement on an independent beneficiary identification exercise and the roll out of a biometric registration system. At this stage, with the support of the entire United Nations system, we are suspending in Sana’a city only, affecting 850,000 people. WFP will maintain nutrition programmes for malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers during the period of suspension. There are 30 million people living in Yemen. More than 20 million are food insecure, of which nearly 10 million are severely food insecure and do not know where their next meal is coming from. WFP has in recent months been providing food assistance to more than 10 million people – even 11 million people in May. Our goal is to feed 12 million people, 9 million of which are living in Sana’a’s Houthi controlled areas.”
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STORYLINE:

World Food Programme (WFP) has suspended aid delivery in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, affecting 850,000 people, “after long negotiations stalled on an agreement to introduce controls to prevent the diversion of food,” WFP spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said today in Geneva. WFP will maintain nutrition programmes for Sana’a’s malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers.

Verhoosel said “WFP’s priority remains to feed the hungriest children, women and men of Yemen. But as in any conflict zone, some individuals seek to profit by preying on the vulnerable and diverting food away from where it is most needed. WFP has been seeking the support of the Sana’a-based authorities to introduce a biometric registration system that would prevent diversion and protect the Yemeni families we serve, ensuring food reaches those who need it most.”

“Unfortunately, we are yet to reach agreement. The integrity of our operation is under threat and our accountability to those we help has been undermined. WFP has repeatedly appealed to the Sana’a-based authorities to grant us the space and freedom to operate according to the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, and operational independence, which guide our work in 83 countries around the world,” Verhoosel added.

At this stage, the WFP said it is suspending its aid delivery in Sana’a city only, affecting 850,000 people, while maintaining nutrition programmes for malnourished children, pregnant and nursing mothers throughout the period of suspension.

“There are 30 million people living in Yemen. More than 20 million are food insecure, of which nearly 10 million are severely food insecure and do not know where their next meal is coming from. WFP has in recent months been providing food assistance to more than 10 million people – even 11 million people in May. Our goal is to feed 12 million people, 9 million of which are living in Sana’a’s authorities’ controlled areas,” spokesperson said.
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