In Mitwaba, children who are alone have been adopted by local families. Nkulu Wa Kumaziba, 12, lost both of parents and was taken into a host family. The new family already has 10 children and they do not have the resources for him to go to school and study. He gets food assistance from WFP that he shares with his host family.
The parents of seven-year-old Nkombe Antoinette died earlier this year during an attack by a rebel group on the village of Muombe. She is now living with a host family in Mitwaba. Her adoptive mother has six other children. However she has been to school herself and understands the importance of education for girls and so she has got Nkoombe enrolled in school.
Food distributions go according to household size. This information board indicates the ration amounts based on family size. Staff members of a partner organisation working with WFP stand by to explain how it all works to beneficiaries who have problems reading.
Along this 50 km stretch of road to Mitwaba there is an eerie silence – the track is narrow with grass as high as the car on both sides. Villages stand burned and deserted, with either the empty shells of brick walls or blackened patches where houses once stood. It is easy to understand why people fled and why they are reluctant to return.
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