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WFP frontline staff express shock, pride over NobelWorld

WFP frontline staff express shock, pride over NobelWorld
They risk their lives to feed millions of people in some of the most dangerous places on the planet, but Friday offered a chance for World Food Programme staffers to feel some recognition for their work when their organisation won the Nobel Peace Prize.

South Sudan is one of WFP’s largest emergency humanitarian operations, its 1,200 field staff feeding some five million people — nearly half the population — in a country where deliberate starvation is used as a weapon of war, and famine is a constant threat.” The WFP provided food to some 97 million people across 88 countries last year, and is present in many of the world’s deadliest war zones, including its biggest emergency operation in Yemen, where it aims to feed 13 million people every month.“First of all everyone was quite shocked, and now a little bit overwhelmed by the whole thing,” said WFP country director for South Sudan Matthew Hollingworth.It is the only country where WFP still drops food from planes due to the endemic conflict and difficulty of navigating the vast terrain.

They risk their lives to feed millions of people in some of the most dangerous places on the planet, but Friday offered a chance for World Food Programme staffers to feel some recognition for their work when their organisation won the Nobel Peace Prize.The teams go to very remote places, often putting their lives at risk, and I’m thinking now of our colleagues who gave their lives to save others.

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