UN food agency concerned about "Triangle of Death" in DR Congo

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Margueritte Simba at a WFP food distribution point near Pweto.Copyright: WFP/David Orr

There is a volatile situation in the villages around three towns of Katanga Province where Mayi Mayi fighters are attacking people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This warning comes from the World Food Programme (WFP) which says there is a forgotten crisis in the towns of Manono, Mitwaba and Pweto.

WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs says over 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the villages known as the "Triangle of death".

"Inside this triangle, because of attacks of armed groups, the population have left and they have taken refuge in the three cities. There is a volatile security situation. There are constant attacks, lootings, rapes and the population first fled to the bush and then they took refuge in the cities. And this is where the World Food Programme is assisting them with food rations and also with humanitarian assistance." (31")

WFP says it has managed to reach about 250,000 people displaced from the Triangle with one month rations during the past 12 months.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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