7 February 2015
In 2014, funding constraints obliged WFP to reduce the reach of its school feeding programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Only school children in conflict-affected areas of the country are now receiving WFP school meals. Children in other parts of DRC now have to study as best they can without a daily hot school meal. Thierry, from the Don Bosco primary school in Goma’s suburbs in eastern DRC, tells us about the consequences these cutbacks will have on the country’s school children.
19 January 2015
Did you know the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world? Help us raise awareness by sharing these ten sobering facts:
25 November 2014
“If we go into the bush to collect firewood, we risk getting robbed or raped – all sorts of things,” Maria Nabinto, a refugee in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), told the World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this year.
11 November 2014
While some displaced families return to their areas of origin in DRC, others remain in camps in the hope that the security situation will improve in their village. We meet four people living in Mugunga camp near Goma.
29 August 2014
The protracted armed conflict in DRC which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives continues to negatively affect wellbeing and social development of children, especially those who were forced to pick up the weapon and fight for their lives. For those children, transitioning from child soldier to normal life is another struggle. To help them through, WFP works with UN and NGO partners to build trust and help the children get back on their feet. Pappy Chimalamungo, former child soldier tells us how a child soldier’s life can be transformed!
25 June 2014
Eriko, who works as a researcher on economics and co-operation in the Embassy of Japan in Kinshasa, agreed to answer a few questions about her time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She recently undertook a field trip to Katanga where she visited activities implemented by WFP with funding from the Government of Japan.
16 June 2014
In DRC's Lubutu Territory, the rehabilitation of an airstrip has brought hope to local people as well as to humanitarian aid workers. After 20 years of isolation, Lubutu was at last connected to the rest of the world in June, allowing WFP to provide safe and reliable air transport to humanitarian aid workers in the area.
7 June 2014
Rebuilding one’s life after a conflict or a natural disaster is always not an easy task for the rural poor. They have limited resilience capacities and require sometimes longer periods of time to get back on their feet. In this fragile transition period, WFP in partnership with local NGOs assists vulnerable conflict-affected populations in eastern DRC through agricultural projects to help them grow enough food for their families.
23 May 2014
What happens when Shakira and Activia join forces to support WFP? Transformational programmes receive much-needed funding, and thousands of people hear about it for the very first time.
16 May 2014
Rebuilding life after months of displacement and destitution is always challenging for conflict-affected populations. In eastern DRC, WFP provides support to internally displaced people returning to their areas of origin in the early stage of their re-settlement so that they can get back on their feet.
- UN says widespread food aid cutbacks loom in Congo, affecting hundreds of thousands Source: Fox News
- In Uganda, UN and partners assist new refugees fleeing DR Congo fighting Source: UN News Centre
- Bridging the gap between relief and development in DRC Source: IRIN Africa
- Troops Mass in Fought-Over City, Raising Fear of New Violence in Congo Source: The New York Times
- WFP Provides Emergency Rations to Congo Refugees After Violence Source: Bloomberg Businessweek