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2 February 2010

U.S. Government Support of WFP Relief Efforts in Haiti, February 2, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

ROME – Under the leadership of the Haitian Government, the United States has been working in collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN and non-governmental organizations with security provided by the UN Stabilization and Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the U.S. Military to help feed the millions of Haitians devastated by the January 12 earthquake.

In total, the U.S. government has contributed more than $405 million in earthquake response funding for Haiti to date. Of this, approximately $78 million was directed toward WFP immediate life-saving activities.

“These numbers reflect the amount of humanitarian aid donated by the United States people through our government. Yet to paint the full picture of the U.S. contribution, we must also include the tens of thousands of hours worked and the millions of prayers sent up…all in support of feeding the Haitian people,” said U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin.

This past weekend, WFP, in coordination with the Haitian Government, MINUSTAH and with U.S. government agencies, implemented a new systematic food distribution operation that aims to reach more than 2 million people in Port-au-Prince during the coming two weeks.

“The United States has been enormously generous in supporting WFP’s massive humanitarian food and logistics lifeline to Haiti,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran from Rome. “This has saved many lives and has been vital to the protection of women and children. We are very grateful.”

For more information on the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake, please visit http://usunrome.usmission.gov

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