Humanitarian video game launched

DUBAI — If hunger in the world bothers you and you really want to help, but cannot due to some limitations, "Food Force" will solve your dilemma.

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Thu 10 Apr 2008, 9:03 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:48 PM

The world's first 'humanitarian' video game in Arabic, which teaches the gamers the ill-effects of hunger and the importance of humanitarian aid, was launched at the ongoing DIHAD 2008 conference on Tuesday.

The video game, which is available in 12 languages including English, French, German and Portuguese, has been created by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to raise awareness among students about the problem of global hunger.

The players join a virtual team of WFP experts to get food for the needy in an emergency situation, in the exciting and educational race against time.

According to WFP officials, the game had clocked around six million players worldwide and is available as a free Internet download at '' along with the information about the WFP and its works.

John Powell, Deputy Executive Director of the WFP, said, "Dubai is an essential logistics hub for the entire humanitarian community, and especially for the WFP," he said.

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