“We Are in a Desperate Situation”: WFP’s David Beasley Calls for Support in Mozambique, Yemen and Venezuela

Special Interests:Emergency Response
April 11, 2019

On April 10th, World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley was interviewed by PBS’s Amna Nawaz about the humanitarian efforts in Mozambique, Yemen and Venezuela. Describing the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, Beasley said, “It was a catastrophe. All the roads were shut down, bridges were out, no electricity anywhere in the country.” WFP has deployed three helicopters to deliver emergency food supplies to people who are stranded by the floodwaters.

WFP scaled up quickly to reach 1 million people and plans to reach 2.7 million in the coming weeks. Now the long, hard work of rebuilding livelihoods is underway. “We need $175 million just for the next three months to keep people alive,” says Beasley.

The full transcript is available at pbs.org

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