Life under Ebola quarantine - in pictures

As health authorities attempt to halt the spread of Ebola in Liberia, many citizens are struggling to feed themselves. People who have lost members of their household to the virus are often confined to their homes for weeks, making it difficult to collect food and other essentials. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food to families in quarantine in 10 counties across Liberia

01: People gather at a WFP food distribution at West Point, a large seafront slum in Monrovia where more than 75,000 people live. On 20 August the slum was quarantined overnight. When the area was locked down, there were protests as people could not get out to work or buy food. The tight spaces and dense population made food distributions challenging.

02. Junior A Kiazolu collects food for three families all related to him and needing his help. He counts himself fortunate that no one in his direct family has contracted the virus.

03. A wheelbarrow laden with sacks of rice, bags of split peas and cooking oil reaches Kiazoluís home. This is the first food ration he has received but he is certain more will be needed.

04. Like most other families in West Point, Kiazoluís wife Grace cooks on a simple stove outside. Due to the quarantine restrictions, food supplies are not getting in and, unlike in rural areas, there are no garden plots.

05. Humanitarian workers distributing food in Ebola-affected areas need to take additional health and hygiene precautions. Morris Farnbulleh, a WFP staff member, oversees distributions in West Point. People collecting food rations must wash their hands with chlorinated water first, and frontline staff are provided with gloves, masks and rubber boots.

06. This school in Dolo Town is closed, leaving 900 primary schoolchildren at home. The schoolyard is the site for food distributions for 17,000 people. While people largely accept these measures, their patience is wearing thin. People are concerned about being unable to work and feed their families.

07. In Dolo, some people wear a paper tag bearing their body temperature recorded twice a day. This community measure aims to encourage trust in an area where people have died from Ebola and the fear of infection is real.

08. Fatu Yargaya encourages her daughter to eat rice outside their small mud hut. Fatuís husband Emmanuel makes a living cutting and gathering wood, but he is not working because of the restrictions on movement. Fatu looks after her three children and sells charcoal at the market. With only that income, the family barely manages to survive.

09. Miatta Kaiwu, 16, has lost both her parents to Ebola. Her entire household (three families) is under medical observation and their movement is restricted. WFP and the county health team are providing food supplies for more than 100 people like Miatta who are not allowed to leave their homes.

10. Miatta with her own one-year-old baby and her six-month-old sister. She is now their sole carer.

11. When Benjaminís wife became sick he left his driving job in northern Liberia to care for her until she died on 3 September. He and the other family members who helped with his wifeís burial rituals are now confined to their home. They are waiting for 21 days of quarantine to pass, hoping that none of them are infected.

12. Benjaminís children have been sent to stay with his relatives. They are thankful for receiving food assistance but say they have other needs as well. They are not allowed to leave the house so are unable to collect firewood or buy charcoal for cooking.

Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud (@reinskullerud)

Source: The Guardian - global-development

Monday 22 September 2014 12.57 BST


Liberia, Dolo Town, 9-10 September 2014

WFP is scaling up its response to the Ebola virus to provide assistance to around one million people affected by the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, delivering food alongside the health response. WFP is also assisting the wider humanitarian community with logistics, helping other organisations to get aid workers and critical supplies into the affected areas.

The Ebola virus in Western Africa is threatening not only lives, but also food production. If we fail to act now, entire communities could miss the harvest season.

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These Photos show a WFP food distribution in Dolo Town.

Aaron Sleh WFP staff with Paulina from the Bomi county health team are currently assisting over 100 affected families in her area. Paulina said “there is need for a concerted effort form all aid agencies in collaboration with the government to defeat this disease”.

Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud (@reinskullerud)

28 August 2014 -West Point, Monrovia, Liberia

 As well as supporting hospitals and clinics in Monrovia the World Food Programme has been providing food supplies to communities in the West Point slum on the outskirts of Monrovia that are not infected with Ebola. 

The food is needed following the decision by the Liberian authorities to cordon off the entire area in a bid to contain the Ebola outbreak. 

Distribution partner is the Liberian Red Cross. WFP provides rations for a family of five; 50 kg rice, lentils, and 5 litres cooking oil. 

All photos: WFP/Frances Kennedy

Palestine, August 2014

GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners launched a special food distribution in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes – in an effort to reach all conflict-affect people in Gaza with some form of food assistance.  


Following the announcement of a 72-hour ceasefire, which started Sunday 9th of August, WFP and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) were able to distribute one-time food parcels of 10 kg rice and 30 kg of wheat flour to 143,000 families, amounting to the 730,000 people. Security situation permitting, the distribution should be completed within two weeks. Prior to this distribution, the combined food assistance programmes of the two agencies in Gaza was already reaching 1.1 million people.


“We want to provide relief for all families affected by the conflict in Gaza, including those host families who have opened their homes in solidarity with friends and relatives; sharing their food and resources during these very difficult times,” said Pablo Recalde, WFP Country Director in Palestine.


To date, the WFP emergency response has included:


·         Emergency ready-to-eat food for almost 263,000 displaced people taking refuge in UNRWA schools and nearly 13,000 people in public shelters.


·         Electronic food vouchers to 8,000 displaced families – approximately 48,000 people – who are living with host families. With the vouchers, families can buy nutritious food in nearby shops and with the launch of a joint emergency programme by WFP and UNICEF, voucher recipients can also purchase water and sanitary items.

·         A total of 2,039 patients and staff in hospitals are receiving emergency food rations. 

·         WFP, working with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and partners, has led the activation of the Logistics Cluster, a system by which the humanitarian community coordinates logistical support and humanitarian assistance. Since its activation, 360 pallets of relief items have been coordinated and delivered to Gaza, including bread, rice, water and hygiene kits.


·         WFP and UNRWA launched large-scale bread distribution, buying bread in Gaza as well as in Jerusalem and the West Bank and transporting it to Gaza. This has relieved the pressure on Gaza bakeries, which last week saw a three-fold increase in customers – and four-hour waiting times — following electricity cuts that left people unable to bake bread at home. 


·         In addition to providing emergency food assistance during the 72-hour ceasefire, WFP has re-started regular food distributions in Gaza, planning to reach the 285,000 people registered with WFP’s original assistance programme prior to the conflict.


·         WFP’s regular voucher programme, targeting 60,000 people, remained operational throughout the crisis. The voucher redemption rate in the second week of August stood at 75 percent.


·         WFP needs an immediate US$48 million to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in Gaza. In addition, WFP needs US$20 million to continue its regular programmes in Gaza and the West Bank until the end of the year.

Photos: WFP/Eyad Al Baba

Iraq, August 2014

In spite of the challenging security situation and the fact that displaced populations are on the move, WFP has successfully distributed food to more than 438,000 people in 10 governorates across Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the crisis that first hit Mosul in mid-June and spread to surrounding cities and governorates. In recent days, a rising number of Iraqis have found themselves stranded around Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains, fleeing violence. Since 4 August, WFP has set up four emergency kitchens in Dohuk and Lalish, enabling the food agency to assist more than 100,000 people who have fled the Sinjar area.

In the photo: A29 bars provided by the USA being distributed by WFP under the Iraq Emergency Operation to people who have recently been displaced from and within Ninewa Governorate, WFP is specifically targeting children between 6 and 36 months of age, supplementing cooked meals and food assistance.

Photos: Mohammed Al Bahbahani

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Lebanon, Zahle town (Bekaa), 30 July 2014 

Syrian refugee families in Bekaa area (eastern Lebanon) received dates donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner Caritas, on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr.

The distribution took place in an Informal Tented Settlement (ITS) in Zahle town where refugees live in tents. Refugees arriving to the site showed their identification cards, put their fingerprints signatures then were handled the dates packages.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been distributing food for Syrian refugees all over Lebanon since July 2012. Nearly 800,000 receive food assistance each month through WFP. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of WFPís donors for the Syrian refugee crisis.

Photos: WFP/Sandy Maroun

South Sudanese Refugees Worry About Future 

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is becoming a regional tragedy. Tens of thousands have fled South Sudan, many to Ethiopia. Many say they had to flee mainly because of the conflict but also because there was no food or water back home. WFP is providing food assistance, including High Energy Biscuits, and nutritious food supplements for those who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

 In the photos: WFP implementing partner Concern measures the arm circumference of children to assess their nutritional state and to provide fortified supplementary food to the mothers and children in need.

All photos: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

Lebanon, 8 May 2014


The conflict in Syria continues to impact the humanitarian situation resulting in significant humanitarian needs.  

Access to basic needs including food, water, electricity and medical supplies has been interrupted in areas witnessing armed activities. A growing number of main breadwinners have become unemployed and soaring food and fuel prices across the country have also exacerbated the situation. In response, WFP – in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and 23 other local organizations– is providing monthly food assistance to close to 3 million Syrians and will scale up to feed 4 million people by October. Food rations contain rice, bulgur, pasta, dried and canned pulses, oil, tomato paste, salt and sugar and are enough for one month. With serious bread shortages across the country, in April WFP also started the distribution of wheat flour providing 5 kilograms of flour per person per month. WFP uses over 700 trucks a month to dispatch food to hundreds of distribution points across the country, as well as delivering other goods for the humanitarian community.  

Hundreds of thousands of families have fled the violence in their country and have taken refuge in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. Humanitarian needs assessments in these countries showed that food is a top priority and WFP is responding to refugees’ needs with food distributions and innovative food vouchers.


Photo 1

A Syrian refugee at a counter in a local shop in Zahle in the Bekaa. He bought raw chicken and meat using WFP’s electronic card. With this system, refugees can buy fresh produce not normally included in food parcels.

Photo 2


Syrian refugee mother in her thirties, feeding bread to her baby daughter in the Bekaa where WFP helps Syrian refugees meet their food needs through the innovative E-card system. . “We wait for the electronic cards impatiently every month” says Zeinab.


Photo 3

Fatima, a Syrian refugee mother, in her twenties with her daughter and her niece at the door of their tent in an informal tented settlement in Saadnayel town in the Bekaa. Fatima receives WFP E-cards that are automatically loaded unto the card on a monthly basis, allowing Her to take care of her family.


 Photo 4

A 60 year old Syrian refugee woman with her grandson in front of their tent in a tented settlement in Saadnayel town in the Bekaa.


 Photo 5

“Securing food and paying the rental cost of the land for our tents are our priority needs,” Mohamad, a Syrian refugee told WFP officials during a meeting aimed at soliciting their feedback about WFP’s assistance programme and the impact of the electronic cards on refugees’ lives.


All photos: WFP/Laure Chadraoui

WFP Assistance to the conflict affected people in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on Wednesday ended a two-day visit to Iraq, after meeting families who have fled from the violence in Mosul and holding high-level talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government and other officials.

“Yet again, another humanitarian crisis hits war-torn Iraq, disproportionately and negatively impacting the hungry poor. The most vulnerable and poorest families have already experienced their share of tragedy over the last few years,” said Cousin. “Many are displaced in very harsh conditions.  Lack of services, support and insecurity is forcing them to move around – in too many cases making these families difficult to reach.”

Cousin stopped at the Kalak transit camp – between Mosul and Erbil – and met displaced people who fled the recent fighting in Mosul. Families sat in newly erected tents and makeshift shelters in 45 degrees Celsius heat. They told her that they left their homes with only the clothes on their backs.

“Only the strong and lucky, who could walk for hours in this scorching heat or those who have the means to travel by car arrived here at the transit camp,” said Cousin. Among them was a man from Mosul, who told her he was worried he would not be able to fast during the upcoming Holy Month of Ramadan in harsh conditions with little access to water, electricity and other necessities.

“The UN and the entire humanitarian community are surging staff, releasing funds and drawing on all available stocks to assist people affected by the fighting and meet the urgent growing needs,” Cousin added.

WFP has launched an emergency operation to feed more than half a million people hit by the latest conflict in Iraq, amid security and funding challenges. Before the new wave of displacements, starting with the violence in Mosul, WFP had already been assisting 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar Governorate, as well as more than 180,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria who sought refuge in Iraq.

WFP, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations, needs $US88 million for its operations in Iraq from July to December 2014.

Photo credits:

Photos 1 and 2: WFP/Abeer Etefa

Photos 3,4 5 and 6: WFP/Alessandro Pavone

Photo 7: WFP/Abeer Etefa


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One of the tools that WFP uses are the school meals projects.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo 12 June 2014

 One school meal is served each day, at 10:30am. The meal is served relatively early because most students come from home without having had breakfast or anything to eat in the morning.

The school meal consists of maize flour, salt and fortified flour. Sometimes rice, peas, and beans are also included. Students from the nearby community will often bring a little of the produce that their families are able to grow to help supplement the meals and make them more tasty. In general, the students really LIKE the food – and you can see this as they eat at lunch time!

Before WFP started providing nutritious school meals at Mwamba, enrolment was not particularly high. Since 2010, the school enrolment has more than DOUBLED. Every year, they actually need to build another classroom to house more students!

You can see the difference in students’ energy levels before and after they eat lunch. Kids are more likely to raise their hands and participate in class, so teachers often work their schedules around the lunch hour ensuring their students have tests, etc. only after they’ve had their meal.

The energy that the school meal provides allows the children to have the energy necessary to learn successfully and to undertake sports such as football.


Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud

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Jordan, Mafraq, Zaatari Camp, November 2012

WFP is providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in camps, transit centres and for families staying with host communities throughout Jordan. During the month of October, WFP transitioned from the provision of hot meals in Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq Governorate and King Abdullah Park transit centre in Ramtha Governorate to the distribution of dry rations that the refugees can cook themselves. The monthly food basket includes rice, bulgur wheat, pulses (yellow split peas), sugar and salt in addition to a daily bread distribution to the refugees. The camp currently houses some 20,000 Syrian refugees (though this figure changes daily given the arrivals and departures) of which 75 percent are women and children. UNHCR and WFP have set up over 100 communal kitchens around the camp to allow the refugees to prepare their own meals from WFP food basket as per their local taste. This will also diversify the food consumption. 100 more kitchens are still under preparation. WFP continues to provide welcome food packets to new arrivals in Zaatari refugee camp, many of whom have made a long and risky journey to the Jordanian border. Elsewhere in the country, WFP is assisting Syrians living in host communities and plans to reach 250,000 by the end of the year through food vouchers or distributions of food baskets. The conflict in Syria has hit food prices in Jordan. Food exports from Syria have been disrupted and this, together with poor harvests this year in Jordan due to an especially dry and hot summer, have led to a steep increase in vegetable prices. The Jordanian Department of Statistics have recently cited a 32 percent increase in vegetable prices this July as compared to 2011.

Eslam, 9, is Zaatari camp’s Messi. Wearing Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s no. 10 shirt, Eslam plays football every day in the camp with his friends and neighbours from Daraa from where they fled. Eslam goes to the camp’s school in the mornings and by noon he begins his daily football match. His team includes both girls and boys.


Photo: WFP/Reem Nada

 Photo four:

Cameroon, Lolo, 29 May 2014


Almost 90,000 people have fled across the border between C.A.R. and Cameroon since December 2013.
Up to 2,000 people a week, mostly women and children, reach Cameroon through more than 30 entry points along a 700-kilometre stretch of border. Acute malnutrition rates among refugees are between 20 and 30 percent according to WFP and UNHCR screening, well above the emergency threshold of 15 percent.

“Women and children are arriving in Cameroon in a shocking state, after weeks, sometimes months, on the road, foraging for food. This is the most recent tragedy resulting from the escalating bloodshed that has torn C.A.R. apart. We must all act now or more children will needlessly suffer.  We must intervene to save lives and prevent a worsening situation, ” said Cousin. “After they finally escape the danger they faced in C.A.R., children and women who flee  must not die from malnutrition” she added.
WFP has provided 30-day general food rations to 44,700 refugees and stateless people since 22 May.  In response to the grim condition of many new arrivals from C.A.R., WFP began in early May distributing specialized nutritious food at some entry points and refugee sites. Distribution of highly nutritious food to all children under five is underway at Borgop Lolo, Mbile, Gado Ghiti and Kenzu in Cameroon. All pregnant women and new mothers are receiving fortified porridge.

The second of two WFP-chartered aircraft – with a total of 127 metric tons of WFP high energy biscuits and ready-to-eat especially nutritious foods – has arrived in Cameroon today from the UN’s humanitarian hub in Dubai. The first plane arrived in Cameroon on Sunday.
The 90,000 people who have fled into Cameroon are spread over more than 300 sites across 50,000 square kilometres in the East and Adamawa regions. The logistical challenge of reaching them is compounded  by rains and poor roads, which mean that conditions in camps and host settlements are bound to deteriorate.
More than 226,000 refugees and third country nationals have fled violence in C.A.R. since September. Of the refugees 86,068 are in Cameroon, 14,000 in Chad, 14,141 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and 8,891 in Republic of Congo. All of them are in need humanitarian assistance.
WFP’s operations to help feed the hundreds of thousands or people who have fled C.A.R. to four surrounding countries have an average shortfall of 70 percent or more.

In the Photo: Lolo refugees’ site.  Children start playing again after weeks or months of a terrible journey in the bush to escape violence in CAR.


Photo: WFP/Sylvain Cherkaoui