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

On 4 December 2014, WFP in the Republic of Congo (RoC) celebrated the expansion of its Safety Net project to the rest of the Lekoumou Department in the south of RoC. Furthermore, WFP RoC is also excited to announce its partnership with a second national telecom company, Airtel, to provide voucher transfers to beneficiaries through mobile technology. WFP Country Director David Bulman, Deputy Director of Airtel Congo Mathieu Dutrisac, and the Minister of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and Solidarity (MASAHS) Madame Emilienne Raoul, talked to a diverse and very interested audience composed of 124 beneficiaries, mostly indigenous families, about the purpose and modalities of the Safety Net project. Learn more about RoC’s Safety Net and e-vouchers here.