25 April 2013
In what has been called DRC's forgotten crisis, tens of thousands of people have been driven from their homes by violence in a remote part of Katanga province. The UN World Food Programme has been working hard to assist these displaced people since the start of last year but there are many challenges - insecurity, poor roads and lack of resources.
28 February 2013
Marie Mwenu Afia, a mother of three, was forced to flee her town February and seek refuge in Punia following attacks by Raia Mutomboki rebels. On her way to Punia she lost her daughter to illness. Now, insecurity and poor road and transport infrastructures in Punia continue to hamper humanitarian interventions. As Mwenu acknowledges, the only real solution to their suffering is an improvement in the security situation so they can return home and resume their lives.
25 February 2013
Barimeya, a father of 11, was forced to leave his village when rebels took control of Rutshuru territory. He and his family sought refuge in a camp near Goma, North Kivu’s provincial capital. He has since returned to his village. Like many others, he hopes the peace deal signed in Addis Ababa in late February will hold.
7 February 2013
Crispin Mpigirwa is a WFP nutritionist, who works in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where entire communities often have to abandon their homes to escape fighting. A Congolese national, with 15 years of experience in humanitarian work, Crispin is a key figure in WFP’s efforts to combat malnutrition in the camps for displaced people around Goma.
31 January 2013
Nabintu’s husband was killed by a gang of armed men last July. The mother of five tells how they came to their house in in Shabunda, South Kivu Province, in the middle of the night, forced their way inside and slaughtered him....
27 December 2012
For years, Heal Africa, in North Kivu's provincial capital of Goma, has helped victims of sexual violence and children with HIV/AIDS. But when fresh conflict erupted, the non-profit opened its doors to the wounded as well. WFP is helping them recover through food assistance.
26 December 2012
Violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has displaced more than 900,000 people this year alone. But in parts of North Kivu province, some are returning home. In early December, WFP distributed food rations to more than 60,000 of these returnees in Nyiragongo Territory, north of the provicial capital, Goma.
21 December 2012
The conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has wrested children from their families and homes. Today, they count among the most vulnerable of the tens of thousands of displaced people in the region. Some have found refuge at the Don Bosco Center, a Catholic institution in Noth Kivu's provincial capital of Goma, where WFP is providing school meals.
17 December 2012
Relentless November rains demolished houses and left thousands of people homeless in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. WFP came to the rescue, with food distributions that are helping flood victims survive — and tide them over as they repair the damage and begin farming again.
10 December 2012
After tens of thousands of people fled a new flareup of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, US philanthropist Howard G. Buffett visited the region in early December to view their plight first-hand. As the unrest abates, his foundation has donated $1 million to WFP to help returnees restart their lives.
- UN says widespread food aid cutbacks loom in Congo, affecting hundreds of thousands Source: Fox News
- In Uganda, UN and partners assist new refugees fleeing DR Congo fighting Source: UN News Centre
- Bridging the gap between relief and development in DRC Source: IRIN Africa
- Troops Mass in Fought-Over City, Raising Fear of New Violence in Congo Source: The New York Times
- WFP Provides Emergency Rations to Congo Refugees After Violence Source: Bloomberg Businessweek