Assistance to Western Saharan Refugees through the WFP Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation '10172.1'
The World Food Programme has assisted the Government of Algeria since 1986 in meeting the basic food needs of refugees from the Western Sahara living in desert camps in southwestern Algeria, near Tindouf. The United Nations Security Council has adopted a peace resolution, but an agreement on its implementation will require time. Therefore, since the refugees are entirely dependent on external aid and almost 95% of refugee households have no alternative means of fulfilling their food requirements or procuring fresh food, humanitarian food assistance needs to continue.
WFP has been providing basic food rations to 155,430 refugees under a Protracted Relief and
Recovery Operation from 2002. Although this operation has had a positive donor response, delays in pledges and deliveries have caused pipeline breaks. As per December 2005, only around 50% of the financial requirements for this operation have been met by the international Community.
The Austrian contribution will support the provision of care and maintenance assistance to the refugee population of the Western Sahara pending the realization of a durable solution to their situation and repatriation to their homeland. Key objectives of the WFP PRRO will be to:
- Sustain lives and maintain the nutritional and dietary standards of dependent refugee populations living in the four camps;
- Improve the nutritional status of malnourished children under 5 and of pregnant and lactating women through a supplementary feeding programme; and
- Alleviate short-term hunger and boost the energy of primary schoolchildren through the provision of fortified High Energy Biscuits.