Our Videos

May 12, 11

NEWS / Libya: UN official voices concern as fighting blocks aid delivery in west

12 May 2011 –
The head of the United Nations food aid agency said today that fighting in the Western Mountains of Libya is preventing humanitarian staff from distributing supplies and urged all parties to the conflict to observe a truce so aid workers can assess requirements.

Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said the agency had moved food assistance through a supply route from the Tunisian border into western Libya for distribution in areas heavily affected by the fighting by the Libyan Red Crescent and local communities.

“The supplies have reached several of the affected places, but we have not yet been able to reach the areas most affected by fighting around Yefrin and Zintan in the Western Mountains,” said Ms. Sheeran in a statement in which she warned that the food needs in that area could be immense.

“The supply route is now facing serious challenges due to insecurity in many of the areas in, addition to severe fuel shortages.”

WFP has chartered two ships to carry food assistance and other relief supplies to the besieged city of Misrata on behalf of the humanitarian community, but the port there has been coming under mortar fire attack, making it difficult to send aid in.

On 25 April, a vessel chartered by WFP came under fire while departing Misrata, Ms. Sheeran added.

The conflict in Libya erupted earlier this year following peaceful protests similar to other popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East, which have led to the toppling of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.

Ms. Sheeran’s comments echo the concerns expressed in recent days by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, who have both called for an immediate ceasefire so that humanitarian workers can reach everyone in need.




AnnaMaria Realbuto
Thank you for all your assistance and efficiency...
Read More »
Kateryna Melnychenko
Thanks a lot Anton!...
Read More »
Rani Payne
Thank you so much! I’m sure I will be in touch again with something else that will need to be apost...
Read More »
Serge Bauer Law
Thank you again for your help with this case!...
Read More »


Do I need a permit or license for my business?
Read More »
Since when does the Wassenaar Arrangement exist?
Read More »
Is there a waiting period? Can we get married right away?
Read More »
If a student was not in an authorized period of OPT on the eligibility date, can the student work during the cap gap extension?
Read More »


April 11, 23
Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie died of stroke and cancer-death certificate
Read More »
March 27, 23
China joins Apostille Convention
Read More »
March 18, 23
California to permanently seal old convictions on criminal records
Read More »
March 3, 23
Saudi Arabia issues guidance on apostille procedure
Read More »