TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Action Against Hunger (Action
Contre la Faim or "ACF") is delivering food aid to highly remote
populations in the Philippines, with help from the Canadian armed
People in the very remote mountains of Panay Island are in desperate
need of immediate food aid. Action Against Hunger will be distributing
5.7 tonnes of NRG5 - high energy biscuits. However, because there are
no roads in the area, access to the region will only be made possible
by a helicopter provided by the Canadian armed forces.
"The support of the Canadian armed forces is greatly appreciated as it
is allowing us to access communities we would not otherwise be able to
reach. The only other alternative would be a four day walk to reach
these villages," explains Lucile Grosjean, Emergency Communication
Coordinator, Action contre la Faim.
"As a humanitarian NGO we operate independently from armed forces and
make every effort to remain separate from them. In most other regions
of the Philippines we are able to implement our efforts without army
collaboration. For instance, we are currently working on food
distributions for 50,000 people without military collaboration.
However, in this case, given the lack of other alternatives and the
severity of need, we will use the logistics capabilities of the
Canadian armed forces - specifically, one of their helicopters," says
ACF will be the first humanitarian organization to access these highly
isolated areas since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines.
"A helicopter will be dedicated to ACF for the day. Once we arrive, our
staff will conduct their work independently from the Canadian soldiers
on the ground. ACF staff will be comprised of a small team, with no
weapons. ACF - alone - will assess the humanitarian situation and
conduct distributions of 5.7 tonnes of high energy emergency food to
the people there."
"The Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is welcome and
well-perceived here in the Philippines," notes Grosjean. "Regardless,
neutrality is an essential cornerstone principle of ACF. It is
imperative we remain independent from military of all types.
Nonetheless, we are grateful for the cooperation as it will allow us to
deliver much-needed food aid. Together we are doing everything we can
to prevent malnutrition and save lives."
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About Action Against Hunger
Founded in France in 1979, Action Against Hunger/ Action contre la Faim
(ACF) is a leading international humanitarian organization committed to
ending world hunger, with a special focus on children under five. Our
programs save lives and provide communities with long-term solutions to
hunger and its underlying causes. We work in more than 45 countries and
reach approximately 7 million people annually.
SOURCE: Action Against Hunger (AAH)
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