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WFP Suspends Food Distribution to Borno State IDP Camps Due To Attacks on Officials

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The World Food Programme on Sunday, August 27, suspended food distribution to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Borno State, Nigeria following an attack on its partners at Gubio camp in Maiduguri on Friday, August 25.

Angry IDPs had attacked humanitarian workers of the International Medical Corp, an international non-governmental organization, over the food rations the NGO was distributing, injuring many people and destroying five sport utility vehicles belonging to the NGO at the Gubio camp in Maiduguri metropolis.

In an email sent by AdedejiAdemigbuji, WFP communication officer Maiduguri field office, the global humanitarian agency said the suspension was as a result of security breaches.

Ahmad Satomi, the executive chairman State Emergency Management Agency, condemned the attack on the humanitarian workers and apologized for the incident.  He further assured that they would seek the military’s support in order to provide adequate security for humanitarian workers during distribution in the camps.

In Nigeria, the WFP uses either food- or cash-based transfers to support displaced people living in camps or with host communities, as well as vulnerable host populations. Distributions have scaled up from 160,000 people reached in October 2016 to over 1 million in December and January 2017. Despite the challenges posed by high levels of insecurity, the WFP plans to reach 1.8 million of the most vulnerable people in 2017.

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