Food Brings Families Home In Central African Republic
Beneficiaries waiting for their monthly food ration. Many are pregnant or lactating women. Malnutrition is prevalent in CAR, with global acute malnutrition reaching 7.8 percent nationally.
Families fled to the bush when the rebels attacked their villages. WFP will provide emergency school meals when schools reopen in October. This will help prevent malnultrition and reduce the risk of the children being recruited by militias.
Beneficiaries received a monthly ration of 12 kg maize meal, 1.8 kg pulses, 6 kg vegetable oil and salt. WFP assists 17,800 vulnerable people in this area.
WFP is scaling up operations amid increasing concerns that ongoing insecurity is fuelling hunger among people who have fled their homes and farms. WFP provided food in Damara north of Bangui on the road the rebels swept down when they took the capital on 24 March. Beneficiaries say the assistance is crucial as they are between harvests. Although the rains have been good, many have not had access to their fields and have lost their seeds and animals.