WFP chief to visit Tunisia-Libya border
ROME - World Food Programme chief Josette Sheeran was visiting Tunisia Monday to assess the needs of people fleeing unrest in neighbouring Libya, the UN agency said.
After talks with government officials she will go to the border between the two countries on Tuesday to talk to refugees, aid officials and local authorities to assess the food needs of those arriving from Libya.
"More than 40,000 people have crossed the Libyan border into Tunisia in the past week, and many of the arrivals say they have had limited access to food during the journey from their homes and workplaces in Libya," the WFP said in a statement Monday.
A WFP airlift of 80 tonnes of high energy biscuits from a United Nations store in Brindisi, Italy, was also due to arrive in Tunisia on Monday, the agency said.
"The biscuits will be included in the food rations being distributed in border areas by local groups and relief agencies," it said.