Afghan girl winner of WFP 2004 painting competition

Tehran, January 24, 2005 - An Afghan teenage girl residing in Iran received the prize of the UN World Food Program (WFP) 2004 painting contest, said the UN body`s office on Monday. Sakineh Afzali, Afghan refugee in the city of Semnan, was awarded the prize by the UN WFP representative in Iran Marius De Gaay Fortman.

Out of two million contestants, 15 other finalists from 19 countries were also awarded prizes. The UN WFP is to publish the selected paintings on its 2005 calendars.

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) sent its emergency help following December`s 2003 earthquake in Bam, southeast Iran, to the quake victims who left destitute and hungry by the enormous devastation. WFP`s first-ever emergency operation was to assist victims of the 1962 earthquake in the area of Boein Zahra, Iran.