News in Brief 04 February 2015 (PM)

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Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNHCR/B. Sokol

Murders of civilians in eastern DR Congo condemned by UN envoy

New murders of civilians around Beni in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been strongly condemned by the top UN envoy in the country.

Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) said nothing would deter the Mission's determination to neutralize armed groups in the region.

He reiterated UN support to the Congolese authorities against these groups.

 Close to 230,000 children suffere from malnutrition in South Sudan

South Sudancould face a growing food crisis by the end of the dry lean season if government and opposition forces don't reach a long term settlement and fighting continues.

This warning has come from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

It says the conflict, which started in December 2013, is sharply reducing food supplies and slowing humanitarian access to the people in need.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more.

"UNICEF also  reports seeing large numbers of people on the move in conflict areas because of food shortages. At least 229,000 children are estimated to be suffering from acute malnutrition inSouth Sudan– a number that has doubled since the start of the conflict just a year ago.

Victims of massive floods in Malawi get aid from UN agency

Food assistance to thousands of people affected by massive floods in Malawiis being scaled up by the UN food agency.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it reached nearly 210,000 people by the end of January with more than 1,500 metric tons of food assistance.

WFP is  now working to bring food to an additional 160,000 people.

It also stresses that additional contributions are urgently required to fill the funding gap for its operations in the country.

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