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Syria, eastern rural Aleppo, 13 October 2018  One of the few functioning canals in eastern rural Aleppo. This canal is the branch that feeds the village of Safira and its surrounding areas. Children from villages surrounding Al-Sfira town cool off from the heat by going for a swim in the canal.  In the Photo: a woman takes a stroll next to the canal, the main source of water for Safira town and its surrounding villages.   Photo: WFP/Marwa Awad
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Syria, eastern rural Aleppo, 13 October 2018  One of the few functioning canals in eastern rural Aleppo. This canal is the branch that feeds the village of Safira and its surrounding areas. Children from villages surrounding Al-Sfira town cool off from the heat by going for a swim in the canal.  In the Photio: when Abdel Qadder, 10, is not in school, he spends his time off around the canal, which is the only surviving source of water feeding Safira town in eastern rural Aleppo. Other canal branches have either dried up or been destroyed in the conflict. Abdel Qadder told WFP he wants to grow up to be a teacher.  Photo: WFP/Marwa Awad
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: FATIMA  Fatima is 20 years old, Fatima was originally from Kirawa but fled to Banki when her community was attacked by a non-state armed group. While in Banki she had a child, Amadu who died at only two months of age. According to Fatima, during her stay in Banki WFP food assistance has been her only source of survival. She decided to move to Pulka, when she learned that she could still continue to have access to WFP food assistance and the wonderful opportunity for her to reunite with her relatives. Now she has a second child whom she called Amadu as well  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: MALA  Mala relocated from Banki to Pulka and was originally from Zubulin a settlement under the Pulka ward. When Non-state armed groups attacked the Zubulin community four years ago Mala fled from Zubulin to Cameroun and found refuge together with his family in a community called Kalofata. Mala was with his wife, six children and his Mother and grandfather). They lived in Kalofata for about 2 years and farming was the source of livelihood for his household. During the period in Lalofata unfortunately, Mala lost his wife to a brief illness. After sometime, Mala relocated with his family to Banki and lived in Banki for about 18 months, where his household was completely dependent on WFP food assistance for survival. Finally Mala decided to relocate to Pulka in order to be close to his home and relatives, “I wish I had known earlier that WFP also provides lifesaving assistance to vulnerable displaced population in Pulka just like in Banki” He said.  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: MALA  Mala relocated from Banki to Pulka and was originally from Zubulin a settlement under the Pulka ward. When Non-state armed groups attacked the Zubulin community four years ago Mala fled from Zubulin to Cameroun and found refuge together with his family in a community called Kalofata. Mala was with his wife, six children and his Mother and grandfather). They lived in Kalofata for about 2 years and farming was the source of livelihood for his household. During the period in Lalofata unfortunately, Mala lost his wife to a brief illness. After sometime, Mala relocated with his family to Banki and lived in Banki for about 18 months, where his household was completely dependent on WFP food assistance for survival. Finally Mala decided to relocate to Pulka in order to be close to his home and relatives, “I wish I had known earlier that WFP also provides lifesaving assistance to vulnerable displaced population in Pulka just like in Banki” He said.  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: MALA  Mala relocated from Banki to Pulka and was originally from Zubulin a settlement under the Pulka ward. When Non-state armed groups attacked the Zubulin community four years ago Mala fled from Zubulin to Cameroun and found refuge together with his family in a community called Kalofata. Mala was with his wife, six children and his Mother and grandfather). They lived in Kalofata for about 2 years and farming was the source of livelihood for his household. During the period in Lalofata unfortunately, Mala lost his wife to a brief illness. After sometime, Mala relocated with his family to Banki and lived in Banki for about 18 months, where his household was completely dependent on WFP food assistance for survival. Finally Mala decided to relocate to Pulka in order to be close to his home and relatives, “I wish I had known earlier that WFP also provides lifesaving assistance to vulnerable displaced population in Pulka just like in Banki” He said.  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: MALA  Mala relocated from Banki to Pulka and was originally from Zubulin a settlement under the Pulka ward. When Non-state armed groups attacked the Zubulin community four years ago Mala fled from Zubulin to Cameroun and found refuge together with his family in a community called Kalofata. Mala was with his wife, six children and his Mother and grandfather). They lived in Kalofata for about 2 years and farming was the source of livelihood for his household. During the period in Lalofata unfortunately, Mala lost his wife to a brief illness. After sometime, Mala relocated with his family to Banki and lived in Banki for about 18 months, where his household was completely dependent on WFP food assistance for survival. Finally Mala decided to relocate to Pulka in order to be close to his home and relatives, “I wish I had known earlier that WFP also provides lifesaving assistance to vulnerable displaced population in Pulka just like in Banki” He said.  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: MALA  Mala relocated from Banki to Pulka and was originally from Zubulin a settlement under the Pulka ward. When Non-state armed groups attacked the Zubulin community four years ago Mala fled from Zubulin to Cameroun and found refuge together with his family in a community called Kalofata. Mala was with his wife, six children and his Mother and grandfather). They lived in Kalofata for about 2 years and farming was the source of livelihood for his household. During the period in Lalofata unfortunately, Mala lost his wife to a brief illness. After sometime, Mala relocated with his family to Banki and lived in Banki for about 18 months, where his household was completely dependent on WFP food assistance for survival. Finally Mala decided to relocate to Pulka in order to be close to his home and relatives, “I wish I had known earlier that WFP also provides lifesaving assistance to vulnerable displaced population in Pulka just like in Banki” He said.  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Nigeria, PULKA 7 June 2018

General Food Distribution (GFD): Since September 2016, WFP provides IDPs in the Pulka camps with mixed food commodities consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, and salt to fulfil the daily 2,100 kilo calorie nutrition requirement. WFP started providing direct assistance to beneficiaries until November 2016 when the implementation was handed over to the cooperating partner SWINI. Currently the total number of people benefitting from WFP general food assistance is about 42,000 people. WFP has also prepositioned stocks to ensure that enough food commodities are available to meet the needs of the new arrivals.
Since September 2016, WFP has been providing a specialized ready-to-use nutritious food – Plumpy Sup- targeting children aged 6-59 months (under 5 years of age) through the BSF programme. Starting March 2017, WFP expanded its preventative nutrition assistance in Pulka to pregnant and nursing women. The women are provided with fortified nutritious food (Super Cereal plus) and vegetable oil. In April WFP scale down to children aged 6-23 months (under 2 years of age) classified as the most vulnerable due to resource constraints. The assistance intended to not only address the special nutrient needs of the children and pregnant and nursing women but also to treat moderate acute malnutrition and protect the nutrition status of these vulnerable members of the community. Children’s Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is measured before each assistance to identify the nutrition status. Those identified with Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At Gwoza the Local Government Authority (LGA) has been at the centre of the humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, with Pulka town experiencing intense fighting and insecurity. The LGA has seen the killing of hundreds of civilians, the abduction of women and girls, the destruction of towns, and the large-scale forced displacement of populations.
 In the photo: MALA  Mala relocated from Banki to Pulka and was originally from Zubulin a settlement under the Pulka ward. When Non-state armed groups attacked the Zubulin community four years ago Mala fled from Zubulin to Cameroun and found refuge together with his family in a community called Kalofata. Mala was with his wife, six children and his Mother and grandfather). They lived in Kalofata for about 2 years and farming was the source of livelihood for his household. During the period in Lalofata unfortunately, Mala lost his wife to a brief illness. After sometime, Mala relocated with his family to Banki and lived in Banki for about 18 months, where his household was completely dependent on WFP food assistance for survival. Finally Mala decided to relocate to Pulka in order to be close to his home and relatives, “I wish I had known earlier that WFP also provides lifesaving assistance to vulnerable displaced population in Pulka just like in Banki” He said.  Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
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Bangladesh, Balukhali refugee camp, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, 04 May 2018  World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh and being a woman in the male-dominated world of engineering.  "As the rains have already started, we are working around the clock to improve the safety and accessibility of the camps. My job was to design and construct a new logistics hub close to the camp and I was one of the first engineers in a joint UNHCR, IOM and WFP project to prepare land to be used for shelter.  I am also part of the WFP Engineering team which is building bridges and roads, fortifying embankments and clearing drainage channels. We are working to ensure we will be able to reach all refugees if and when the refugee sites become inaccessible during the monsoon. New distribution points for food and non-food items are being set up to make sure nobody is left behind.  Considering the danger of flooding, and knowing how densely populated the camps are, we need to ensure the food can reach refugees even in the worst case scenario. To do this, building a Bailey bridge is our best option. It is simply the fastest and sturdiest construction in these emergencies. It takes seven days to put up this bridge, which has just arrived from the UK. We have 50 site workers to clear the ground and build a platform to launch the bridge. I call this a ‘Lego’ bridge because of the way it is assembled. You build the nose and you launch it to the other side. It will enable the crossing of trucks carrying 5 mt of supplies.  In March this year, the Government of Bangladesh allocated 800 acres of land to safely relocate an estimated 30,000 refugees. However, this includes hills, valleys and steep slopes — only a small portion of it is workable and can be turned into usable land. We started in December 2017 by looking at the resources, the constraints and the opportunities. We found out what we could source locally in the time that we had. And then we just got down to work.  Doing the layouts from WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, everything is theoretical. Then, once you see the camps first-hand and reality sets in, it is overwhelming. I was struck by the amount of children, the vastness and the absence of greenery. Sometimes you can drive a whole day and only see one tree. We are facing many challenges — time, resources, heavy rain, will the concrete be ready for launching the bridge? Do we have a plan B? As an engineer you always have a plan B — and a plan C, and even D. Things don’t always go as planned. But I am a skilled adapter, designer and problem solver. It is my job to find solutions.  Many construction projects in our line of work are in developing countries — the terrain is tough and so is working in places where women are not even visible.  As a woman, I feel I have empathy with the communities we work with and this makes a huge difference. When I arrive on the ground, my first priority is to listen to the people as well as to the contractors, to understand what they need, what they want and how we can work best together. Just today, I was sitting with the workers in the new logistics hub we are building in the Kutupalong mega camp. They brought me cold water and, through my translator, told me about their families and their children — this creates a connection.   In the Photo: World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar (left) on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Women humanitarian engineers are standing their ground in a traditionally male-dominated environment.   Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
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Bangladesh, Balukhali refugee camp, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, 04 May 2018  World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh and being a woman in the male-dominated world of engineering.  "As the rains have already started, we are working around the clock to improve the safety and accessibility of the camps. My job was to design and construct a new logistics hub close to the camp and I was one of the first engineers in a joint UNHCR, IOM and WFP project to prepare land to be used for shelter.  I am also part of the WFP Engineering team which is building bridges and roads, fortifying embankments and clearing drainage channels. We are working to ensure we will be able to reach all refugees if and when the refugee sites become inaccessible during the monsoon. New distribution points for food and non-food items are being set up to make sure nobody is left behind.  Considering the danger of flooding, and knowing how densely populated the camps are, we need to ensure the food can reach refugees even in the worst case scenario. To do this, building a Bailey bridge is our best option. It is simply the fastest and sturdiest construction in these emergencies. It takes seven days to put up this bridge, which has just arrived from the UK. We have 50 site workers to clear the ground and build a platform to launch the bridge. I call this a ‘Lego’ bridge because of the way it is assembled. You build the nose and you launch it to the other side. It will enable the crossing of trucks carrying 5 mt of supplies.  In March this year, the Government of Bangladesh allocated 800 acres of land to safely relocate an estimated 30,000 refugees. However, this includes hills, valleys and steep slopes — only a small portion of it is workable and can be turned into usable land. We started in December 2017 by looking at the resources, the constraints and the opportunities. We found out what we could source locally in the time that we had. And then we just got down to work.  Doing the layouts from WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, everything is theoretical. Then, once you see the camps first-hand and reality sets in, it is overwhelming. I was struck by the amount of children, the vastness and the absence of greenery. Sometimes you can drive a whole day and only see one tree. We are facing many challenges — time, resources, heavy rain, will the concrete be ready for launching the bridge? Do we have a plan B? As an engineer you always have a plan B — and a plan C, and even D. Things don’t always go as planned. But I am a skilled adapter, designer and problem solver. It is my job to find solutions.  Many construction projects in our line of work are in developing countries — the terrain is tough and so is working in places where women are not even visible.  As a woman, I feel I have empathy with the communities we work with and this makes a huge difference. When I arrive on the ground, my first priority is to listen to the people as well as to the contractors, to understand what they need, what they want and how we can work best together. Just today, I was sitting with the workers in the new logistics hub we are building in the Kutupalong mega camp. They brought me cold water and, through my translator, told me about their families and their children — this creates a connection.   In the Photo: World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar (left) on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Women humanitarian engineers are standing their ground in a traditionally male-dominated environment.   Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
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Bangladesh, Balukhali refugee camp, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, 04 May 2018  World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh and being a woman in the male-dominated world of engineering.  "As the rains have already started, we are working around the clock to improve the safety and accessibility of the camps. My job was to design and construct a new logistics hub close to the camp and I was one of the first engineers in a joint UNHCR, IOM and WFP project to prepare land to be used for shelter.  I am also part of the WFP Engineering team which is building bridges and roads, fortifying embankments and clearing drainage channels. We are working to ensure we will be able to reach all refugees if and when the refugee sites become inaccessible during the monsoon. New distribution points for food and non-food items are being set up to make sure nobody is left behind.  Considering the danger of flooding, and knowing how densely populated the camps are, we need to ensure the food can reach refugees even in the worst case scenario. To do this, building a Bailey bridge is our best option. It is simply the fastest and sturdiest construction in these emergencies. It takes seven days to put up this bridge, which has just arrived from the UK. We have 50 site workers to clear the ground and build a platform to launch the bridge. I call this a ‘Lego’ bridge because of the way it is assembled. You build the nose and you launch it to the other side. It will enable the crossing of trucks carrying 5 mt of supplies.  In March this year, the Government of Bangladesh allocated 800 acres of land to safely relocate an estimated 30,000 refugees. However, this includes hills, valleys and steep slopes — only a small portion of it is workable and can be turned into usable land. We started in December 2017 by looking at the resources, the constraints and the opportunities. We found out what we could source locally in the time that we had. And then we just got down to work.  Doing the layouts from WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, everything is theoretical. Then, once you see the camps first-hand and reality sets in, it is overwhelming. I was struck by the amount of children, the vastness and the absence of greenery. Sometimes you can drive a whole day and only see one tree. We are facing many challenges — time, resources, heavy rain, will the concrete be ready for launching the bridge? Do we have a plan B? As an engineer you always have a plan B — and a plan C, and even D. Things don’t always go as planned. But I am a skilled adapter, designer and problem solver. It is my job to find solutions.  Many construction projects in our line of work are in developing countries — the terrain is tough and so is working in places where women are not even visible.  As a woman, I feel I have empathy with the communities we work with and this makes a huge difference. When I arrive on the ground, my first priority is to listen to the people as well as to the contractors, to understand what they need, what they want and how we can work best together. Just today, I was sitting with the workers in the new logistics hub we are building in the Kutupalong mega camp. They brought me cold water and, through my translator, told me about their families and their children — this creates a connection.   In the Photo: World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar (left) on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Women humanitarian engineers are standing their ground in a traditionally male-dominated environment.   Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
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Bangladesh, Balukhali refugee camp, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, 04 May 2018  World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh and being a woman in the male-dominated world of engineering.  "As the rains have already started, we are working around the clock to improve the safety and accessibility of the camps. My job was to design and construct a new logistics hub close to the camp and I was one of the first engineers in a joint UNHCR, IOM and WFP project to prepare land to be used for shelter.  I am also part of the WFP Engineering team which is building bridges and roads, fortifying embankments and clearing drainage channels. We are working to ensure we will be able to reach all refugees if and when the refugee sites become inaccessible during the monsoon. New distribution points for food and non-food items are being set up to make sure nobody is left behind.  Considering the danger of flooding, and knowing how densely populated the camps are, we need to ensure the food can reach refugees even in the worst case scenario. To do this, building a Bailey bridge is our best option. It is simply the fastest and sturdiest construction in these emergencies. It takes seven days to put up this bridge, which has just arrived from the UK. We have 50 site workers to clear the ground and build a platform to launch the bridge. I call this a ‘Lego’ bridge because of the way it is assembled. You build the nose and you launch it to the other side. It will enable the crossing of trucks carrying 5 mt of supplies.  In March this year, the Government of Bangladesh allocated 800 acres of land to safely relocate an estimated 30,000 refugees. However, this includes hills, valleys and steep slopes — only a small portion of it is workable and can be turned into usable land. We started in December 2017 by looking at the resources, the constraints and the opportunities. We found out what we could source locally in the time that we had. And then we just got down to work.  Doing the layouts from WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, everything is theoretical. Then, once you see the camps first-hand and reality sets in, it is overwhelming. I was struck by the amount of children, the vastness and the absence of greenery. Sometimes you can drive a whole day and only see one tree. We are facing many challenges — time, resources, heavy rain, will the concrete be ready for launching the bridge? Do we have a plan B? As an engineer you always have a plan B — and a plan C, and even D. Things don’t always go as planned. But I am a skilled adapter, designer and problem solver. It is my job to find solutions.  Many construction projects in our line of work are in developing countries — the terrain is tough and so is working in places where women are not even visible.  As a woman, I feel I have empathy with the communities we work with and this makes a huge difference. When I arrive on the ground, my first priority is to listen to the people as well as to the contractors, to understand what they need, what they want and how we can work best together. Just today, I was sitting with the workers in the new logistics hub we are building in the Kutupalong mega camp. They brought me cold water and, through my translator, told me about their families and their children — this creates a connection.   In the Photo: World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar (left) on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Women humanitarian engineers are standing their ground in a traditionally male-dominated environment.   Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
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Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar, 04 May 2018  World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh and being a woman in the male-dominated world of engineering.  "As the rains have already started, we are working around the clock to improve the safety and accessibility of the camps. My job was to design and construct a new logistics hub close to the camp and I was one of the first engineers in a joint UNHCR, IOM and WFP project to prepare land to be used for shelter.  I am also part of the WFP Engineering team which is building bridges and roads, fortifying embankments and clearing drainage channels. We are working to ensure we will be able to reach all refugees if and when the refugee sites become inaccessible during the monsoon. New distribution points for food and non-food items are being set up to make sure nobody is left behind.  Considering the danger of flooding, and knowing how densely populated the camps are, we need to ensure the food can reach refugees even in the worst case scenario. To do this, building a Bailey bridge is our best option. It is simply the fastest and sturdiest construction in these emergencies. It takes seven days to put up this bridge, which has just arrived from the UK. We have 50 site workers to clear the ground and build a platform to launch the bridge. I call this a ‘Lego’ bridge because of the way it is assembled. You build the nose and you launch it to the other side. It will enable the crossing of trucks carrying 5 mt of supplies.  In March this year, the Government of Bangladesh allocated 800 acres of land to safely relocate an estimated 30,000 refugees. However, this includes hills, valleys and steep slopes — only a small portion of it is workable and can be turned into usable land. We started in December 2017 by looking at the resources, the constraints and the opportunities. We found out what we could source locally in the time that we had. And then we just got down to work.  Doing the layouts from WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, everything is theoretical. Then, once you see the camps first-hand and reality sets in, it is overwhelming. I was struck by the amount of children, the vastness and the absence of greenery. Sometimes you can drive a whole day and only see one tree. We are facing many challenges — time, resources, heavy rain, will the concrete be ready for launching the bridge? Do we have a plan B? As an engineer you always have a plan B — and a plan C, and even D. Things don’t always go as planned. But I am a skilled adapter, designer and problem solver. It is my job to find solutions.  Many construction projects in our line of work are in developing countries — the terrain is tough and so is working in places where women are not even visible.  As a woman, I feel I have empathy with the communities we work with and this makes a huge difference. When I arrive on the ground, my first priority is to listen to the people as well as to the contractors, to understand what they need, what they want and how we can work best together. Just today, I was sitting with the workers in the new logistics hub we are building in the Kutupalong mega camp. They brought me cold water and, through my translator, told me about their families and their children — this creates a connection.   In the Photo: World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Women humanitarian engineers are standing their ground in a traditionally male-dominated environment.   Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
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Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar, 04 May 2018  World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh and being a woman in the male-dominated world of engineering.  "As the rains have already started, we are working around the clock to improve the safety and accessibility of the camps. My job was to design and construct a new logistics hub close to the camp and I was one of the first engineers in a joint UNHCR, IOM and WFP project to prepare land to be used for shelter.  I am also part of the WFP Engineering team which is building bridges and roads, fortifying embankments and clearing drainage channels. We are working to ensure we will be able to reach all refugees if and when the refugee sites become inaccessible during the monsoon. New distribution points for food and non-food items are being set up to make sure nobody is left behind.  Considering the danger of flooding, and knowing how densely populated the camps are, we need to ensure the food can reach refugees even in the worst case scenario. To do this, building a Bailey bridge is our best option. It is simply the fastest and sturdiest construction in these emergencies. It takes seven days to put up this bridge, which has just arrived from the UK. We have 50 site workers to clear the ground and build a platform to launch the bridge. I call this a ‘Lego’ bridge because of the way it is assembled. You build the nose and you launch it to the other side. It will enable the crossing of trucks carrying 5 mt of supplies.  In March this year, the Government of Bangladesh allocated 800 acres of land to safely relocate an estimated 30,000 refugees. However, this includes hills, valleys and steep slopes — only a small portion of it is workable and can be turned into usable land. We started in December 2017 by looking at the resources, the constraints and the opportunities. We found out what we could source locally in the time that we had. And then we just got down to work.  Doing the layouts from WFP’s Headquarters in Rome, everything is theoretical. Then, once you see the camps first-hand and reality sets in, it is overwhelming. I was struck by the amount of children, the vastness and the absence of greenery. Sometimes you can drive a whole day and only see one tree. We are facing many challenges — time, resources, heavy rain, will the concrete be ready for launching the bridge? Do we have a plan B? As an engineer you always have a plan B — and a plan C, and even D. Things don’t always go as planned. But I am a skilled adapter, designer and problem solver. It is my job to find solutions.  Many construction projects in our line of work are in developing countries — the terrain is tough and so is working in places where women are not even visible.  As a woman, I feel I have empathy with the communities we work with and this makes a huge difference. When I arrive on the ground, my first priority is to listen to the people as well as to the contractors, to understand what they need, what they want and how we can work best together. Just today, I was sitting with the workers in the new logistics hub we are building in the Kutupalong mega camp. They brought me cold water and, through my translator, told me about their families and their children — this creates a connection.   In the Photo: World Food Programme (WFP) engineer Daniela Villar on monsoon preparations in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Women humanitarian engineers are standing their ground in a traditionally male-dominated environment.   Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
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