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Libya's food chain at risk of collapse: UN agency

UN World Food Programme warned Libya food supply chain in danger

AFP , Friday 25 Feb 2011
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The UN's World Food Programme warned on Friday that Libya's food supply chain was "at risk of collapsing", as aid agencies raised fears that many people were unable to flee the country.

"Libya is a net food importer and the food supply chain is at risk of collapsing," WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told journalists, as imports were not reaching ports and distribution around the country was reportedly hampered by violence.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it feared that many people who wanted to flee the country were trapped.

"We are concerned that there are large numbers of people who would like to flee but who are trapped," said UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming, following reports from foreign workers who had fled.

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