24 June 2011
John and Rafiki were only 15 when they were enlisted by armed gangs in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. John became a body guard and Rafiki was put in charge of transporting ammunition. Today, they are both at a WFP-supported centre in the town of Masisi, and have only one thing on their minds: resuming their normal lives.
25 February 2011
A WFP barge which was an essential tool for WFP logistics to provide food to Congolese refugees, who returned from Zambia two years ago, has been handed over to the provincial government of Katanga.
14 December 2010
Thousands of families fled the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008 amid a brutal civil conflict. Many came back two years later to find their homes and farms destroyed. Now they’re building better ones with the help of a WFP programme that provides them with food while they get back on their feet.
8 December 2010
Not so long ago, Okango was one of the troubled and vulnerable children learning carpentry at the Don Bosco Centre in Goma in DRC. Today, he is a teacher at a Roman Catholic institution that offers accommodation, practical skills and a lifeline to 3,700 orphans, demobilized child soldiers and other young victims of poverty and violence.
20 October 2010
After years of armed conflict, women in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo are playing a leading role in its economic recovery with the help of vocational training centres which keep them fed while they learn new skills. Famiya, the sole breadwinner in a family of seven, says she’s learning to become a businesswoman.
20 October 2010
Peter Transburg spent much of his childhood in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo while his parents were there teaching. He returned last year as an adult, working for WFP. While he now sees things differently, he says there are many reminders of former days spent climbing guava trees and fishing in rivers.
3 September 2010
Civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to an outbreak of sexual violence, with over 17,500 women raped last year. By drawing women to health centres and providing nourishment for them and their children, food aid has proved to be a key part of the healing process.
27 July 2010
After 18 months in camps, many of the families displaced by conflict in Eastern Congo are keen to go home and restart their lives. WFP Executive Director Josette recently visited Katsiru in North Kivu and found that, while some are held back by fears over security, others are taking the risk. In either case, WFP is helping.
23 July 2010
During the second leg of her four-nation trip to Africa, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeeran visited North Kivu in the east of Democratric Republic of Congo, highlighting the need for support and security to allow displaced Congolese to rebuild their lives.
4 May 2010
A teacher and mother of three, Mrs Kambere Sirivahani knows first-hand the effect WFP school meals can have on a schoolroom. She's seen her own swell with lively students who now have the strength to concentrate on school work. Back at home, families like hers finally have a chance to get ahead.
- 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