Sheyla - Children's useful community service game

WFP unveils a children's video game with a difference - teaching kids how to get food fast to the site of a humanitarian crisis.

Bologna, 12 April 2005 - Three months after the United Nations launched its largest ever relief operation in response to the tsunami disaster, WFP has introduced a video game to teach children about the logistical challenges of delivering food aid in a major humanitarian crisis.

Set on a fictitious island called Sheylan riven by drought and war, Food Force invites children to complete six virtual missions that reflect real-life obstacles faced by WFP in its emergency responses both to the tsunami and other hunger crises around the world.

With tens of thousands of Sheylan’s residents displaced and in urgent need of food aid, players are required to pilot helicopters on reconnaissance missions, airdrop high energy biscuits to internally displaced person (IDP) camps, negotiate with armed rebels on a food convoy run and use food aid to help rebuild villages.

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