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Central African Republic: Fleeing Families Shelter Near Mosques, Churches

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An aid worker for the Danish Refugee Council, one of WFP's partners in this operation, explains to a group of displaced people what food WFP will be distributing to people here at the Don Bosco church compound near Bangui. Over 2,000 families are receiving WFP emergency food aid at this site.

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 3 year old Juanita eating Plumpy Doz from her mother’s spoon. The supplement will help her fight malnutrition and keep away from disease. Since mid-February WFP provides extra children rations (Plumpy Sup, Plumpy Doz, Super Cereals Plus) in general food distributions so kids fight malnutrition and keep smiling.

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A woman cooks some maize flour, just one hour after receiving it from a WFP distribution at Don Bosco Camp. Families share the rations of maize meal, split peas, vegetable oil, salt and children nutritional supplement after the distribution.

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People living at the Don Bosco camp had not received food aid from WFP since early January because of problems getting supplies into CAR. Thanks to the recent airlift and three convoys arriving by road from Cameroon, WFP has been able to start a new cycle of distributions in several IDP sites in the capital.

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A group of men off load emergency food aid, including these boxes of nutritional supplement for children, at the PK12 IDP site.

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WFP brought two trucks loaded with emergency food aid for the 3,000 people trapped in PK12 IDP camp.

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The community that has found shelter next to the PK12 mosque is regularly harassed by militiamen who want to force them out of Bangui.

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20 tons of food have been distributed by WFP to the PK12 community of some 3,000 displaced people.

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The community living in PK12 have found shelter here after fleeing violence in Bangui or in towns from the interior of CAR. There are many children, women and elderly.

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Hundreds of children have been diagnosed with moderate or severe malnutrition around sites sheltering people displaced by violence in Bangui.

People fleeing the violence in Central African Republic have gathered near churches, mosques and schools, seeking security and assistance. WFP is working to get food assistance to these families and to ensure young children get the special foods they need to ward off malnutrition. We have recently been able to start a new cycle of distributions in several IDP sites in the capital, Bangui.