WFP Hosts A Twitter Chat From Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and take refuge in camps like Mugunga and Kanyaruchinya. Copyright: WFP/Martin Penner

Join WFP Web Editor Martin Penner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a live-tweet up Friday 16 November at 11:00am New York / 4:00pm London. After a week-long trip to the region, Martin will be answering your questions about the humanitarian crisis brewing in one of the largest countries in Africa.

BUKAVU—Live from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, WFP Web Editor Martin Penner will sign on to Twitter at 11:00am New York / 4:00pm London to answer your questions about WFP’s work to assist tens of thousands of families forced to flee their homes by an outbreak of fighting in the eastern part of the central African country.

To follow the conversation simply follow Martin at @martinpenner and do a search for the hashtag #WFPDRC

If you have questions or comments, make sure to include #WFPDRC in your tweets so that the other participants will see it.

What's happening in DRC?

A wave of violence across the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in North and South Kivu, Orientale province and in the north of Katanga.

Traumatized by years of violence and human rights abuses, villagers often flee as soon as they hear the first shot fired. Some flee for a few hours or a few days, while others walk for days to take refuge in camps or with host families living in safe areas.

The UN estimates that more than two million people are internally displaced in the DRC. To help them, WFP has launched a new emergency operation covering September 2012 to June 2013 to assist approximately 1.2 million people in five provinces.

Martin Penner | @martinpenner

Martin Penner, a former journalist, has worked for WFP since 2008. He is based at WFP's Rome headquarters, where he creates and coordinates editorial content going onto the organization's website and other web platforms.