U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
September 14, 2000
Africa: U.S. Gives an Additional $7.6 Million to World Food Program for Refugees
The Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration will contribute an additional $7.6 million to the World Food Program to support its Emergency Operations (EMOPs) and Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRROs) for refugees in Africa.
The contribution will support refugee-related food needs in Tanzania ($3 million), Guinea ($2 million), the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($1 million), Kenya ($1 million), Uganda ($500,000) and Djibouti ($100,000).
This contribution brings the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's total Fiscal Year 2000 funding to the World Food Program for refugee-related needs to $24.3 million.
Previous funding also went to World Food Program food aid programs in Burma, East Timor, the Balkans, Chechnya, and other African nations (Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Namibia, and Zambia). In addition, the contribution supported the World Food Program's efforts to build capacity to respond rapidly and effectively to emergency situations.
Escalating displacement and human suffering this year has resulted in an increase of $10.4 million over the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's Fiscal Year 1999 World Food Program funding level of $13.9 million. While USAID's Office of Food for Peace remains the primary US Government supplier of food for refugees and displaced populations around the world, the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration funds are helping meet emergency food gaps.