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Somalia: World Food Programme Condemns Ration Card Scam in Mogadishu

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Scammers posing as United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) employees are selling fake WFP ration cards to internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mogadishu, WFP said in a statement Monday (October 14th).

The scammers claim the cards are required to receive food from the WFP, but in reality the cards are fake and payment is never required to get food from the WFP.

"WFP is concerned about the fraudulent use of its name in efforts to cheat vulnerable Somalis, and calls on the authorities to take action against the culprits," said Stefano Porretti, WFP representative for Somalia. "As a humanitarian organization, WFP categorically condemns those seeking to profit from the plight of the poorest people who have already lost so much. WFP never asks for money in order to be enrolled in its programs."

WFP maintains hot meal centres in Mogadishu, which provide cooked meals for more than 75,000 people on a daily basis. In addition, the agency provides nutritional advice to malnourished mothers and young children.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency offering food assistance worldwide, and its work in Somalia aims to alleviate hunger and improve coping mechanisms.


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