World urged to take action on "forgotten" food crisis in DRC

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Children at the IDP camp in Kitchanga, North Kivu, DRC. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The international community is being urged not to forget the millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have fled communal violence and are now facing hunger.

The appeal has been made by the Senior Food Crisis Analyst with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Luca Russo.

He said some six million Congolese citizens are on the run or living in camps due to fighting in three areas of the country:  the Kasaï provinces, the Tanganyika region and the Kivus in the east.

Mr Russo was in the country recently as part of a joint mission with the World Food Programme (WFP).

He told Dianne Penn that while the world focuses on looming famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria, it should not turn its back on the DRC.

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