Another WFP driver killed in Somalia

June 13, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, June 13 – Gunmen have killed a World Food Programme truck driver in Somalia, the third to be slain in the war-stricken Horn of Africa nation this year, the agency said Friday.

"We strongly condemn this attack on personnel and trucks delivering life-saving food," Denise Brown, WFP’s deputy director for Somalia said in a statement.

The driver was killed early Thursday near Leego village in southern Somalia.

"Somalia is one of the most difficult places for humanitarian agencies to operate, and it appears to be getting more dangerous," Brown said.

Last month, a gunman opened fire at a WFP food convoy in central Somalia, killing one driver. Another was killed in February in the south of the country.

Mounting violence has disrupted delivery of aid to hundreds of thousands of civilians uprooted from their homes.

Experts fear that the number of people in Somalia requiring food assistance later this year could reach a total of 3.5 million — nearly half the population, the statement said.

Somalia has been wracked by violence since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre led to a bloody power struggle that has defied numerous bids to restore normalcy.


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