The head of the United Nations World Food Programme operations in DRC said, “Without immediate donor support, many – particularly women and children – will die”.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo was a poor but peaceful region. Unfortunately, violence in the Greater Kasai region has forced nearly 1.4 million people from their homes. This strife has resulted in an acute hunger emergency. The region already had high malnutrition rates, the current turmoil has caused those numbers to sky-rocket. Currently, 3.2 million people are urgently in need of food.
The situation is quickly becoming a long-term disaster. The lull in fighting has allowed humanitarian aid organizations to step in but money is running out and the situation is dire.
“…money is quickly running and WFP plans to feed almost half a million people in December seem impossible as its resources are so depleted that only half-rations can be distributed.” – UN
Hunger causes more than malnutrition, the situation forces people into prostitution and increases the risk of sexual violence according to Jibidar, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in the DRC.
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“DR Congo: Hunger Crisis, Scarce Funds Could Push Kasais to Brink of Catastrophe, UN Agency Warns.” UN News Center, United Nations, 7 Dec. 2017, www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58240#.Wi_3ybbMzUY.
“DR Congo: Over a Dozen UN Peacekeepers Killed in Worst Attack on ‘Blue Helmets’ in Recent History.” UN News Center, United Nations, 10 Dec. 2017, www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=58250#.WjBP87bMzUY.
“Kasai, DRC: Millions at Risk as Funding Dries Up.” Kasai, DRC: Millions at Risk as Funding Dries up | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme – Fighting Hunger Worldwide, World Food Programme , 7 Dec. 2017, www.wfp.org/news/news-release/kasai-drc-millions-risk-funding-dries.