Hunger in the news

11 May 2012

Herekeza, who walked across the Gisenyi border crossing on Wednesday afternoon, hoped to receive treatment from Red Cross medics at Nkamira transit refugee camp. She and many others have been caught in the crossfire of clashes between the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo and soldiers loyal to a renegade General Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. (..) The UN World Food Programme is supplying food to the camp.

25 April 2012

In North Kivu, the World Food Programme feeds the hungry but also contributes to the protection of the environment and creates jobs through a recycling project. (..) The initiative was launched in August 2008 by the Congolese Wildlife Authority (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature) to create job opportunities and to protect the nearby Virunga National Park. (..) “WFP's support for this project is an outstanding example of how recycling works to halt deforestation and improve livelihoods around the park,” says programme manager Balemba Balagizi.

7 March 2012

The United Nations refugee agency reported thousands of people have fled from recent attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Orientale province. (..) UNHCR spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba said the most recent attacks took place in the village of Bagulupa, 55 kilometers east of Dungu. (..) Lejeune-Kaba said the UNHCR has distributed basic emergency items, such as plastic sheeting, sleeping mats and kitchen sets to some 200 newly displaced. She said the World Food Program is providing food and private agencies medical care. But she noted more aid is needed.

16 January 2012

A partnership of humanitarian organizations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has helped demobilize thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province. (..) While UNICEF funds the programme and CTO oversees the demobilization process, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) undertakes family tracing and provides medical support; a network of 34 foster families hosts youth close to their homes in remote areas of the province; community volunteers regularly monitor the reintegration process; and, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) provides food for the children at CTO.

3 January 2012

On some days, some children eat, others do not. On other days, all the children eat, and the adults do not. Or vice versa. (..) Délestage is universally used in French-speaking Africa to describe these state-decreed power cutoffs, but when applied to rationing food it illustrates a stark survival calculus, one the head of a household must painfully impose on the rest. (..) The food délestage is not new in Congo, a country rich in minerals and verdant landscapes yet also one of the hungriest on earth, according to experts. Foreign donors finance “all agricultural projects,” Dr. Eric Tollens said, and “massive amounts of food” are imported in this rich land, so food is expensive.

28 October 2011

A baby hangs from a rudimentary medical scale, crying desperately for his mother. Dietician Nicole Bahati notes his weight, 6.5 kilograms (14 pounds). (...°This Uzima Center, along with the vitamin- and mineral-enriched "powerbrew" offered by the UN's World Food Program, has given the child a second chance at life In the eastern DRC regions of North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema, half of the population don't even know where their next meal will come from. In total, 4.3 million Congolese people are mired in famine, trying simply to survive. (...) According to the UN's World Food Program, roughly 1.4 million children under five years of age are chronically malnourished.

29 August 2011

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says is being forced to reduce rations for Congolese refugees in Rwanda. WFP relies on voluntary donations for its hunger relief missions around the globe. The agency faces funding shortages for many of its relief operations.

24 August 2011

A shortage of funds has forced the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to halve its food rations for tens of thousands of Congolese refugees in Rwanda beginning on 1 September.

28 June 2011

Urban farming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is providing a livelihood for thousands of city dwellers, with vegetables bringing in good money for small growers and helping to alleviate high levels of malnutrition nationally, agricultural officials say. (..) A 2009 survey by Programme National de Nutrition, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) showed alarmingly high levels of wasting among urban and rural children.

15 June 2011

Brazil has donated 200 tonnes of maize for DR Congo refugees in Congo's northern department of Likouala. (..)The maize was obtained by the World Food Programme (WFP), which purchased it from farmers in the Congo's southern department of Bouenza, to enable them to access national and regional markets to fight against poverty.