World Food Program WFP spokesman Herve Verheusel said the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has become the second-largest country in the world to starve after Yemen.
Verheuser said at a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday that the UN is now working to expand a major relief operation for displaced people in the north-east of the country, who have fled as a result of renewed inter-ethnic violence, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
He pointed out that as many as 13 million people in the Congo are food insecure, including 5 million children suffering from acute malnutrition, noting that the program plans to double its assistance in the province of Ituri, suffering from Ebola, which also witnessed clashes in recent weeks that killed 160 People.
Herve Verheusel said that the UN program works to reach its assistance to about 300 thousand internally displaced compared to 116 thousand displaced, which was the United Nations organization to provide them monthly assistance as part of the ongoing relief operation in Ituri, explaining that this suffering occurred at the time of harvest directly, Fled to their homes in rural villages.
He noted that many of the victims of this increase in violence are malnourished, forced into the movement several times and are widely dispersed, looking for security in urban centers and in the bush.
The World Food Program spokesman confirmed that recent assessments indicate that hunger is worsening in Ituri province, particularly in areas that have suffered from ethnic conflicts in recent years, noting that the World Food Program plans to help up to 5.2 Congolese this year.
Earlier, Abebe Selassie, Africa director at the International Monetary Fund, referred to Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as countries with problems with their debt sustainability.
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