WFP suspends delivery of food to 55,000 in North Kivu

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Congolese line up to receive a hot meal

The United Nations continues to be concerned about on-going violence in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On Thursday, the UN humanitarian agency OCHA expressed concerns over reaching people fleeing the violence.

Now, Spokesperson for the World Food Programme Elisabeth Byers says WFP has had to suspend its delivery of food assistance to over 55,000 people.

“And this is due to insecurity and of course restricted movement of our staff. Our staff might be caught between fire according to this violence, and might be targeted. “

Ms Byrs says WFP hopes to resume delivery of food to some 180,000 people next week, depending on guarantees from fighting groups that WFP staff will not be targeted.

Duration: 14″

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