UN WFP appeals for access to besieged cities in Ukraine

16 April, 02:42 PM
Mariupol, April 7, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Mariupol, April 7, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for unimpeded access to families trapped in conflict areas and besieged cities in Ukraine, saying lack of access was the biggest obstacle to its life-saving operations in the war-torn country.

In a press release on April 15 WFP said it has so far delivered food assistance to 1.4 million people in Ukraine and is ramping up efforts to reach 2.3 million people this month.

But getting safe access to cities like Mariupol, where more than 100,000 people are believed to be trapped, will be key, the WFP said.

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It said that over seven million people are displaced inside Ukraine, and the pre-invasion supply chain systems for feeding the country's population have broken down in many areas.

WFP estimates that one third of the people in the country and more than half (60%) of internally displaced people are worried about finding enough to eat.

"We're calling on everyone to give us the access we need to reach the people in besieged cities," WFP Executive Director David Beasley said at the end of a three-day visit to Ukraine.

"It's one thing when people are suffering from the devastation of war. It's another thing when they're being starved to death."

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