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The World Food Program (WFP) is forced to suspend its operations in the state of North Darfur, Sudan, a consequence of two nights of looting, from Tuesday to Thursday, its warehouses, by men armed with Fasher. In total, more than 5,000 tons of food and all the material were stolen.

Nearly two million people will have to go temporarily of WFP's support, in this Sudanese region of the state of North Darfur, which undergoes a significant food crisis as well as new violence.

"There is nothing left of the dust," regret Marianne Ward, Interim Director of the Program for Sudan, joined by François Mazet of the writing Africa.

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"One in three people, in the North Darfur, faces a risk of severe famine. These are people who can not feed their families and we will not be able to help them in January because we do not have food in El-Fasher and we have no more, hardware.

Everything was stolen, not just food but also our storage tents. They literally dismantled all our logistics device. There is nothing left, if not dust and garbage.

we do not know who did that. The course of events is not clear to us. What is certain is that the situation in the region has been difficult for some time. Without security, we can not operate and the community as a whole can not work. The other thing we ask the authorities is to help us find some of our food stocks because they will be on sale, then we ask for their assistance to recover them, "she adds.

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Marianne Ward hopes that after a logistics assessment, WFP can resume operations in February.

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