Talk:UN aid convoys face increasing attacks in Darfur

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Wikinews user Jcart1534 wrote to Jennifer Parmelee, Public Affairs Officer with WFP in Washington D.C. for clarification and/or further detail on the WFP [news release] of July 25, 2007.

Dear Jcart1534, I am afraid I can’t answer all your questions – like “why” there have been escalating attacks lately. I’ve asked my colleague in Sudan, Emilia Casella, to take a crack but my guess is she’d be speculating on an answer to that question too (prob better answered by a political analyst).

Here’s what we can say:

As to impact on our operations, increasing insecurity will almost certainly further constrain our ability to operate in Darfur – it already has.

I’ve taken the liberty of attaching Emilia’s talking points/clarifications on press release, which adds details on the impact and nature of the attacks to date (see figures on number of beneficiaries affected).

And yes, sure an expanded AU/UN peacekeeping force would help. As it is, AU is stretched very very thin, and as you can see from below, is unable to accompany most of our convoys.

I can’t answer about increased difficulty hiring trucks, but it’s more than likely. I know hiring (reliable) transport in other insecure environments – Afghanistan, Somalia – is extremely challenging.

From: Emilia Casella, WFP Spokesperson for Sudan TPs/Q&A on Darfur Press release: July 25, 2007 “Rising Attacks on Food Convoys Undermining WFP Work in Darfur”

Please note, regarding paragraph 5, which reads: So far this year, 18 WFP food convoys have been attacked by gunmen and four of WFP’s light vehicles carjacked. Six WFP vehicles, including trucks and light vehicles, have been stolen and 10 staff, including contractors, have been either detained or abducted.

Clarification: This means that 18 convoys have experienced various kinds of attack (being shot at, looted, drivers robbed and/or injured) and four light vehicles have been stopped and their drivers and passengers have been robbed of their belongings. A further six vehicles have been physically stolen and in these cases the bandits got in and drove off with our staff members still inside the vehicles. The staff members were later released. There were no major physical injuries, but naturally such experiences are very traumatic. These incidents have occurred in all three of the Darfurs, in areas controlled by various groups or the government.

Q: Thus, to the question: Who is responsible? A: The attacks and robberies have happened all over Darfur, in areas controlled by various parties. Frequently the bandits are wearing uniforms but often in one group of bandits there may be more than one uniform. Thus, we are not pointing fingers at any one group. We are calling on all parties to respect the neutrality of humanitarian convoys and their drivers, who are delivering food to civilians who are victims of the conflict.

Some examples of recent incidents:

Q: Why can’t the AU accompany the convoys? A: Food convoys leave WFP locations in Darfur every day. There are 123 WFP-owned trucks (51 DAF + 72 Mercedes) and a further 600 commercial trucks delivering about 40,000 MT of WFP food to Darfur and within Darfur every month. All our convoys are at risk of attack, but the AU does not have the mandate, nor the manpower and equipment to accompany all of them. On occasion, AU escorts are provided, at the request of WFP but it is not a regular occurrence.

Q: What is the impact of this increase in attacks and banditry? A: Our field staff reports that humanitarian access is likely to be increasingly difficult due to insecurity, unless all parties begin to respect the neutrality of WFP and other humanitarian organizations.

Q: How many people have been cut off by this insecurity? A: It is not possible to say how many may not be reached in July (as the month is still not over). Last month, we were unable to reach more than 170,000 people due to insecurity (up from a low this year of 60,000 in March), and the situation does not seem to be improving this month.

However, we have large quantities of food that were pre-positioned all over the area, ahead of the rainy season, meaning that in many areas our staff and NGO cooperating partners can go in by helicopter and conduct food distributions. Despite insecurity and access problems, WFP food assistance reached about 2.6 million people in Darfur last month.

Other data (source: OCHA)

There are approximately 12,000 humanitarian workers in Darfur (the number is going down, as the need goes up). Most need WFP’s Humanitarian Air Service to get to remote locations, as road travel has become too dangerous (also, at this time of year, roads are often washed out by rains). WFPHAS operates six helicopters and nine fixed-wing aircraft in Darfur.

Talk:UN aid convoys face increasing attacks in Darfur

This article is on Digg.com. Help make it popular. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 05:09, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews user Jcart1534 wrote to Jennifer Parmelee, Public Affairs Officer with WFP in Washington D.C. for clarification and/or further detail on the WFP [news release] of July 25, 2007.

Dear Jcart1534, I am afraid I can’t answer all your questions – like “why” there have been escalating attacks lately. I’ve asked my colleague in Sudan, Emilia Casella, to take a crack but my guess is she’d be speculating on an answer to that question too (prob better answered by a political analyst).

Here’s what we can say:

As to impact on our operations, increasing insecurity will almost certainly further constrain our ability to operate in Darfur – it already has.

I’ve taken the liberty of attaching Emilia’s talking points/clarifications on press release, which adds details on the impact and nature of the attacks to date (see figures on number of beneficiaries affected).

And yes, sure an expanded AU/UN peacekeeping force would help. As it is, AU is stretched very very thin, and as you can see from below, is unable to accompany most of our convoys.

I can’t answer about increased difficulty hiring trucks, but it’s more than likely. I know hiring (reliable) transport in other insecure environments – Afghanistan, Somalia – is extremely challenging.

From: Emilia Casella, WFP Spokesperson for Sudan TPs/Q&A on Darfur Press release: July 25, 2007 “Rising Attacks on Food Convoys Undermining WFP Work in Darfur”

Please note, regarding paragraph 5, which reads: So far this year, 18 WFP food convoys have been attacked by gunmen and four of WFP’s light vehicles carjacked. Six WFP vehicles, including trucks and light vehicles, have been stolen and 10 staff, including contractors, have been either detained or abducted.

Clarification: This means that 18 convoys have experienced various kinds of attack (being shot at, looted, drivers robbed and/or injured) and four light vehicles have been stopped and their drivers and passengers have been robbed of their belongings. A further six vehicles have been physically stolen and in these cases the bandits got in and drove off with our staff members still inside the vehicles. The staff members were later released. There were no major physical injuries, but naturally such experiences are very traumatic. These incidents have occurred in all three of the Darfurs, in areas controlled by various groups or the government.

Q: Thus, to the question: Who is responsible? A: The attacks and robberies have happened all over Darfur, in areas controlled by various parties. Frequently the bandits are wearing uniforms but often in one group of bandits there may be more than one uniform. Thus, we are not pointing fingers at any one group. We are calling on all parties to respect the neutrality of humanitarian convoys and their drivers, who are delivering food to civilians who are victims of the conflict.

Some examples of recent incidents:

Q: Why can’t the AU accompany the convoys? A: Food convoys leave WFP locations in Darfur every day. There are 123 WFP-owned trucks (51 DAF + 72 Mercedes) and a further 600 commercial trucks delivering about 40,000 MT of WFP food to Darfur and within Darfur every month. All our convoys are at risk of attack, but the AU does not have the mandate, nor the manpower and equipment to accompany all of them. On occasion, AU escorts are provided, at the request of WFP but it is not a regular occurrence.

Q: What is the impact of this increase in attacks and banditry? A: Our field staff reports that humanitarian access is likely to be increasingly difficult due to insecurity, unless all parties begin to respect the neutrality of WFP and other humanitarian organizations.

Q: How many people have been cut off by this insecurity? A: It is not possible to say how many may not be reached in July (as the month is still not over). Last month, we were unable to reach more than 170,000 people due to insecurity (up from a low this year of 60,000 in March), and the situation does not seem to be improving this month.

However, we have large quantities of food that were pre-positioned all over the area, ahead of the rainy season, meaning that in many areas our staff and NGO cooperating partners can go in by helicopter and conduct food distributions. Despite insecurity and access problems, WFP food assistance reached about 2.6 million people in Darfur last month.

Other data (source: OCHA)

There are approximately 12,000 humanitarian workers in Darfur (the number is going down, as the need goes up). Most need WFP’s Humanitarian Air Service to get to remote locations, as road travel has become too dangerous (also, at this time of year, roads are often washed out by rains). WFPHAS operates six helicopters and nine fixed-wing aircraft in Darfur.

Talk:UN aid convoys face increasing attacks in Darfur

This article is on Digg.com. Help make it popular. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 05:09, 27 July 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews user Jcart1534 wrote to Jennifer Parmelee, Public Affairs Officer with WFP in Washington D.C. for clarification and/or further detail on the WFP [news release] of July 25, 2007.

Dear Jcart1534, I am afraid I can’t answer all your questions – like “why” there have been escalating attacks lately. I’ve asked my colleague in Sudan, Emilia Casella, to take a crack but my guess is she’d be speculating on an answer to that question too (prob better answered by a political analyst).

Here’s what we can say:

As to impact on our operations, increasing insecurity will almost certainly further constrain our ability to operate in Darfur – it already has.

I’ve taken the liberty of attaching Emilia’s talking points/clarifications on press release, which adds details on the impact and nature of the attacks to date (see figures on number of beneficiaries affected).

And yes, sure an expanded AU/UN peacekeeping force would help. As it is, AU is stretched very very thin, and as you can see from below, is unable to accompany most of our convoys.

I can’t answer about increased difficulty hiring trucks, but it’s more than likely. I know hiring (reliable) transport in other insecure environments – Afghanistan, Somalia – is extremely challenging.

From: Emilia Casella, WFP Spokesperson for Sudan TPs/Q&A on Darfur Press release: July 25, 2007 “Rising Attacks on Food Convoys Undermining WFP Work in Darfur”

Please note, regarding paragraph 5, which reads: So far this year, 18 WFP food convoys have been attacked by gunmen and four of WFP’s light vehicles carjacked. Six WFP vehicles, including trucks and light vehicles, have been stolen and 10 staff, including contractors, have been either detained or abducted.

Clarification: This means that 18 convoys have experienced various kinds of attack (being shot at, looted, drivers robbed and/or injured) and four light vehicles have been stopped and their drivers and passengers have been robbed of their belongings. A further six vehicles have been physically stolen and in these cases the bandits got in and drove off with our staff members still inside the vehicles. The staff members were later released. There were no major physical injuries, but naturally such experiences are very traumatic. These incidents have occurred in all three of the Darfurs, in areas controlled by various groups or the government.

Q: Thus, to the question: Who is responsible? A: The attacks and robberies have happened all over Darfur, in areas controlled by various parties. Frequently the bandits are wearing uniforms but often in one group of bandits there may be more than one uniform. Thus, we are not pointing fingers at any one group. We are calling on all parties to respect the neutrality of humanitarian convoys and their drivers, who are delivering food to civilians who are victims of the conflict.

Some examples of recent incidents:

Q: Why can’t the AU accompany the convoys? A: Food convoys leave WFP locations in Darfur every day. There are 123 WFP-owned trucks (51 DAF + 72 Mercedes) and a further 600 commercial trucks delivering about 40,000 MT of WFP food to Darfur and within Darfur every month. All our convoys are at risk of attack, but the AU does not have the mandate, nor the manpower and equipment to accompany all of them. On occasion, AU escorts are provided, at the request of WFP but it is not a regular occurrence.

Q: What is the impact of this increase in attacks and banditry? A: Our field staff reports that humanitarian access is likely to be increasingly difficult due to insecurity, unless all parties begin to respect the neutrality of WFP and other humanitarian organizations.

Q: How many people have been cut off by this insecurity? A: It is not possible to say how many may not be reached in July (as the month is still not over). Last month, we were unable to reach more than 170,000 people due to insecurity (up from a low this year of 60,000 in March), and the situation does not seem to be improving this month.

However, we have large quantities of food that were pre-positioned all over the area, ahead of the rainy season, meaning that in many areas our staff and NGO cooperating partners can go in by helicopter and conduct food distributions. Despite insecurity and access problems, WFP food assistance reached about 2.6 million people in Darfur last month.

Other data (source: OCHA)

There are approximately 12,000 humanitarian workers in Darfur (the number is going down, as the need goes up). Most need WFP’s Humanitarian Air Service to get to remote locations, as road travel has become too dangerous (also, at this time of year, roads are often washed out by rains). WFPHAS operates six helicopters and nine fixed-wing aircraft in Darfur.

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The Blender Foundation, which maintains the open source 3D tool Blender, has announced two new projects, codenamed Peach and Apricot. Project Peach will be a new open source movie, following in the footsteps of last year’s Elephants Dream project (which was initially codenamed Orange). Apricot, on the other hand, will use Blender in conjunction with open source 3D framework Crystal Space to create an open game, thereby showcasing both technologies.

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