Haroun Fana (right), safe at last 

Copyright: WFP/Gildas Mouhouelo

Food And Shelter Ease The Life Of Refugees From Neighbouring CAR

With fighting closing in around her family towards the end of last year, one woman tells of her flight from the Central African Republic...and how she sought refuge in the neighbouring Republic of Congo. With help from the humanitarian community, she and her charges have been able to survive what they hope is only temporary exile. 

Overview

The Republic of Congo is an oil-rich middle income country which has a young and mostly urban population, with more than half of its 4.2 million inhabitants under the age of 20 and 62 percent of the population living in cities. According to the 2013 UNDP Human Development Report, the Republic of Congo is classified as a middle-income country and ranks 142 out of 186 countries on the Human Development Index. Income is unevenly distributed, however, and more than half of the population is living below the poverty line. The mortality rate for children under the age of five is 99 deaths per 1,000 live births, and the prevalence of stunting stands at 30 percent.

E-vouchers in Action

WFP runs an Urban Safety Net programme that helps vulnerable people in selected suburban areas of Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire get food and basic social services through monthly distributions of e-vouchers worth 30,000 FCFA.

This woman and her daughter in suburban Brazzaville are waiting to buy food with the e-voucher she has just received.