Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

WFP Admits Transferring Rotten Wheat Aid to Aden | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page
Media ID: 55373092

This file photo taken on March 16, 2016, shows Yemeni men carrying food aid provided by the World Food Program (WFP). (AFP)

Riyadh – The Yemen Society for Consumer Protection (YACP) has said that 32,000 tons of rotten wheat, which was grown in the US, have been sent to Yemen. The YACP obtained a report and photographs of a World Food Program (WFP) ship, which was unloading rotten wheat in the port of Aden to be consumed by Yemeni citizens.

The report said the wheat grain shipment of the AMBERL ship that was going to be distributed in the provinces of Aden and Hodeidah.

According to the report, 20,000 tons of the wheat were going to be sent to Aden and 12,000 to Hodeidah.

The WFP explained in a statement that the rest of the shipment is currently undergoing an official laboratory test to confirm its quality before carrying out the grinding, packaging and distribution process.

For its part, the Yemeni government remained silent and did not comment on the issue when approached by Asharq Al-Awsat. Government spokesman Rageh Badi instead suggested contacting Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Supreme Relief Committee Fateh Abdul Raqeeb, who is concerned with this matter.

However, the Minister did not answer his telephone and immediately shut it off after receiving a message explaining the reason for the call.

Meanwhile, the WFP said that the shipment, which arrived in Aden Port in April, contains enough wheat to feed 2.5 million people for one month and is part of the UN emergency operation in the country that provides emergency food aid to millions of people.

WFP noted that part of the shipment, which was damaged by sea water, was isolated and is scheduled to be disposed of in Aden according to the usual program procedures in such cases.