Hunger in the news

22 July 2010

Humanitarian aid to 210,000 people from the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo is but "a drop in the ocean," the UN refugee agency chief said before talks with government officials Thursday. (..) The UN High Commissioner for Refugees was speaking Wednesday during a visit to Equateur province, before his joint talks Thursday with government officials in Kinshasa and the head of the UN World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran.

22 July 2010

The United Nations refugee chief is visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he has pledged assistance and support for civilians uprooted by fighting to return to their homes and rebuild their lives. (..) Mr. Guterres will travel to North Kivu province in the country’s east tomorrow accompanied by Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), who is currently on a fact-finding visit to Niger, DRC, Uganda and Rwanda.

17 July 2010

Tens of thousands of people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been fleeing a government offensive against Ugandan rebels, adding to the nearly 2.5 million people who have already become internally displaced or refugees in neighboring countries. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Reuben Brigety recently visited camps for the displaced and refugees. (..) Responsibility for education is UNICEF‚ responsibility for water and sanitation is UNHCR and the responsibility for food is the WFP (World Food Program).

9 July 2010

Millions of people in parts of the western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are facing a “food and livelihood crisis” brought on by structural causes such as the dependence on the mining sector and a poor road and livelihoods infrastructure, say officials. (..) In Katanga Province the World Food Programme through partners is providing food for 2,000 moderately malnourished children with their families in the Kalemie and Nyemba health zones.

8 July 2010

The United States of America has granted US$82 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to tackle hunger, malnutrition and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a statement from the US Agency for International Aid (USAID) said on Thursday. The donation including food would be for over 3.5 million people across the country, particularly the 145,000 persons living in the regions of High-Uele and Low-Uele where violence carried out by Ugandan rebels, Lord's Resistance Army (LRA),have displaced several populations.

10 June 2010

Food prices Democratic Republic of Congo have jumped 28% in the six-month period to March 2010, resulting in acute malnutrition in some areas of the central African country, a UN agency said on Wednesday. "This rise was particularly notable in 11 cities," including Lubumbashi, the country's second largest city in the southeast and the copper capital, said Stefania Trassari, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, quoting the World Food Programme.

9 April 2010

About 530,000 children younger than five and more than a million women need urgent nutritional support in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says the Ministry of Health.(..)WFP is also providing nutritional support to at least one million vulnerable people, including 27,000 pregnant and nursing mothers, 400,000 school-children and more than 177,000 malnourished children.

7 April 2010

The Democratic Republic of Congo health minister said Tuesday that at least 700 children under the age of five were dying from hunger a day in five of the strife-ravaged country's provinces.(..)The World Food Programme says that every month it helps to feed about a million vulnerable Congolese, including pregnant women and children.

22 March 2010

Most fled the fighting with little more than the clothes on their backs. Now, insecurity and poor access are hampering efforts to address the most basic needs of more than 114,000 refugees in northern Republic of Congo. (..) . While one WFP barge laden with relief supplies made it from Brazzaville to the Likouala town of Ndjoundou, another was grounded downstream. In an effort to overcome these logistical setbacks, WFP has begun to airlift supplies to the north.

15 March 2010

The World Food Program has begun airlifting urgent food assistance to tens of thousands of Congolese refugees who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo into the neighboring Congo Republic. (..) "We have been using barges along the river and, in fact, there is currently a barge loaded with 250 tons of rice and corn soy blend, as well as medical kits and other help headed to these people. And, hopefully it will get to them in about a week from now," said Casella.