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UN Food Agency re-opens office in Kilinochchi

Jun 19, 2010 11:10:21 AM - itnnews.lk

The United Nations World Food Programme has officially reopened an office in Kilinochchi, two years after it was closed due to heavy fighting.

Referring to its closure in September 2008, a WFP spokesperson in Geneva said that much of the 7.5-acre office site had been destroyed due to clashes between Government forces and the LTTE. The new WFP office will be expanded to include staff from the Food and Agricultural Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Department of Safety and Security, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Children’s Fund and the UN Refugee Agency.

WFP has been providing food aid to the displaced population including those who have been resettled in addition to 300,000 school lunches, and rations to 27,000 pregnant and lactating women and small children.