The United States Government, through the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), contributed an additional $3.35 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support the WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operations in Chad ($2 million) and the Central African Republic ($750,000), as well as WFP’s Special Operation augmenting logistical support to Ivorian refugees in Liberia ($600,000).
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the announcement, stressing that, “This contribution will ensure the transport continuity for critical humanitarian personnel and goods by UNHAS, which operates in environments where weak local infrastructure makes service delivery difficult. It also allows WFP to continue providing logistical support to humanitarian agencies assisting Ivorian refugees in Liberia.”
To date, in Fiscal Year 2011, PRM has contributed $10.05 million to WFP operations worldwide to meet the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons.