WFP forced to suspend some DRC operations due to lack of funds

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Congolese civilians carry their belongings as they escape the recent fighting between Congolese government forces and rebels in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on 20 May 2012 © Siegfried Modola/IRIN

A funding shortfall is forcing the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce some of its operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

WFP on Tuesday reported that it urgently needs $75 million to cover its operations in the east of the country through May 2014.

Agency spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told UN Radio that WFP has only received half the money it needs to feed some 500,000 displaced people.

"Not only towards the displaced people, but also towards 180,000 children who receive hot meals every day at school; and also lactating mothers, pregnant women, and also in particular people who suffer from HIV/AIDS who are under treatment. And you know that you cannot take treatment on an empty stomach." (26")

WFP reports that one in 10 children in the DRC suffers from acute malnutrition, while more than six million people are facing hunger and need food assistance.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration:  1’07″

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