UN food agency short of funds for operations in DR Congo

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A woman injured in recent fighting between rebel M23 soldiers and Congolese government soldiers at the Heal Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (November 2012) © Kate Holt/IRIN

The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that it is going to reduce or suspend some of its activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) because it does not have funds.

The agency, which is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, says that to continue its operations over the next six months, it urgently needs $75 million to see it through May 2014.

WFP points out that in the last six months shortages of funds had already forced it to cut by half the rations it distributed to displaced people in North Kivu Province.

To find out more about the situation in the DR Congo, UN Radio's Patrick Maigua spoke with Elisabeth Byrs, WFP Spokesperson in Geneva.

Duration: 4'58"

 

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