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Food Assistance to CAR Refugees in Northern DRC

Refugees fron CAR: Measuring cooking oil

Angela measures out cooking oil in Boyabu refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)…. The mother of one arrived two weeks ago from Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Fighting in Bangui’s Batalimo area forced her to cross the border into DRC. She has settled in the camp and received food from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

Refugees from CAR: alleviating hunger through food assistance

A refugee woman receives her ration of maize meal

Refugees from CAR: complementing WFP food with fresh vegetables

Gisele is a CAR refugee in Boyab camp. To complement WFP rations, she goes into the bush and gathers "koko", a popular vegetable in CAR, and sells it to her fellow refugees.

Refugees from CAR: cooked meal for new arrivals

Hot meals for the newly-arrived CAR refugees... When transferred from the bush or the border area to the camp, CAR refugees are provided with cooked food for three days to keep them going while they get settled.

Refugees from CAR: distributing food to the refugees

A group of refugee volunteers who assist WFP and partners in distributing food to the refugees.

Refugees from CAR: Family life disrupted by conflict

Maman Judith Aningbani gave birth to twins a month ago. She has been in Boyabu camp for seven months now and has had no news from her husband. They fled in different directions when leaving CAR following an attack against their village in Mbaiiki prefecture.

Refugees from CAR: packing up food rations

A refugee mother packing up her food rations in Boyabu camp. WFP rations are the refugees’ only source of food in the camp. Insecurity in Bangui means commercial and economic activities in neighboring countries are disrupted. Food is scarce in many areas of DRC which  host CAR refugees.

Refugees from CAR: waiting to be called for food

A group of CAR refugees waiting to be called for their food rations.

Since 2013, WFP has been providing food assistance to more than 62,000 refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) in DRC. In Equateur, where most of the CAR refugees are accommodated, WFP is currently experiencing  immense logistical challenges in supplying food to the refugee camps. Equateur is an isolated northern province with limited roads and transport infrastructure. Water levels in the Oubangui River have dropped significantly during the dry season (January-May), slowing the speed of barges that supply food to the camps. Another important supply route for goods to Equateur is through Bangui, the capital of CAR, but, at the time of writing in March, this was either partially or totally blocked.