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Devex Interviews WFP Country Director For CAR About Humanitarian Efforts, Security Concerns

Despite security concerns for humanitarian groups working in the Central African Republic (CAR), the World Food Programme (WFP) “has chosen to overcome the threat and is scaling up its operations inside the country, strengthening its presence on the ground, reopening sub-offices and hiring more staff to deliver and monitor food aid,” Devex reports, noting Médecins Sans Frontières last month “reported that United Nations and [non-governmental organization (NGO)] staff had become targets of violence, and a few weeks later the country director of Caritas was shot.” The news service provides excerpts from an interview with “Housainou Taal, WFP country director in Bangui, whose job is to try to respond as quickly as possible to the rapidly worsening humanitarian emergency in the lawless Central African Republic, where a starving and fearful population faces a dilemma: continue living hidden in the bush or return to crime and human rights violations in urban areas.” According to the transcript, Taal reflects on the conflict, highlights “solutions and measures [being] implementing to scale up operations and reach those most in need,” and discusses coordination efforts among the various organizations working on the ground, among other topics (Pasquini, 8/12).