The Rome office of Associated Press Television News covers Italy, the Vatican and also the two UN organizations based in Rome, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme. Over the years I have been impressed at the bravery and determination of many of the people working at the WFP who are willing to risk their lives going into war zones to bring food to starving people.
A little aside here, once when my first child was five months old, I took a trip with the World Food Programme into war-torn Liberia. I foolishly thought I needed to prove to the AP that I could be a war correspondent Mamma. It was so dangerous we had to stay on a UN boat anchored in the harbor so in case of emergency we could get out in a hurry. What I saw on that trip between starving children, heavily-armed, drugged-out adolescents and war lords I will never forget. If anyone is interested, I will do a post on it some day. All this to say I know the courage and commitment the WFP people have.
Today WFP provided APTN with some video from the burned out village of Likongole in Southern Sudan. I think it was the first video to come out of there since ethnic violence exploded between the Lou Nuer and Muerle tribes around Christmas time. The video showed a village burned to the ground with a few villagers standing around some recently dug graves. The video showed a burned skull on the ground. The New York Times had an article on the violence that describes it better than I can. LINK
WFP got to the village in a helicopter and brought some bags of beans. I loved a shot in the video of a little girl playing on a big bag of beans. I don’t know her name but I hope that this girl will be saved from the grim future that many children in South Sudan are facing with ethnic violence, murder, rape and starvation common occurences.
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