Somali Interior Minister Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar urged the World Food Program to distribute food stocks in Mogadishu to internally displaced persons, IRIN reports.

“I made the request a few weeks ago and up to now we have had no response,” Omar said, adding that WFP should distribute the food items “instead of being locked in a store.”

He said: “People are hungry, yet we have food in stores.” 

The minister has assured WFP that the food supplies will reach people who need it most and that the Transitional Federal Government will provide security during food distribution.

WFP spokesman Peter Smerdon, however, refuted the Somali request, saying that doling out all its food supplies “would only mean that WFP would have no food left to continue ongoing distributions to those most in need in the capital.”

He also said that WFP operations in Mogadishu are hindered by insecurity. 

“In the first two weeks of this month, two missions by WFP staff from Nairobi had to be postponed because of insecurity,” Smerdon said.

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