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Howard G. Buffett Foundation & WFP: Helping DRC's Conflict Displaced

Waiting For Rations

Women wait for WFP food assistance at Mugunga I camp for displaced people, outside North Kivu's capital, Goma. WFP distributed 15-day food rations to some 160,000 families in the Goma area fleeing the latest bout of fighting in eastern DRC.

 

Visiting The Camps

US philanthropist Howard G. Buffett checks out WFP food distributions to displaced people around Goma. A longtime visitor to eastern DRC, Buffett has supported a raft of environmental and development projects in the region. "It's incredibly important to get people home," he says of the tens of thousands of people displaced by the latest flareup of violence.

 

...And Talking To The Staff

Buffett shared a light moment as he toured WFP food distributions at Mugunga I, one of several camps for displaced people outside Goma.

Enough For Mom And The Family

WFP rations are calculated to meet the needs of a family of five.

A Heavy Load

A girl shoulders a bag of WFP food distributed at Mugunga I camp, where WFP rations consist of maize flour, pulses, oil and salt.

Smile For The Camera!

Buffett takes time to snap pictures and share a laugh with children sheltered at Don Bosco, a Catholic institution in Goma that offered refuge to thousands of displaced people.

Seeking Refuge

...children like three-year-old Lydia Diane, whose family fled flighting in Rugari, a village 35 kilometres north of Goma. 

Soccer For One

A lonely game at Don Bosco. But this boy later found a buddy — Buffett kicked the ball around with him.

Going Home

Some of North Kivu's displaced are going home. Hundreds headed back to their farms after seeking refuge at Don Bosco. The Howard G. Buffett foundation donated $1 million to WFP to help returnees get back on their feet.

Starting Anew

Venasia Niramariro, a 55-year-old mother of two, is among those going home. There's not much to greet her. Armed men burned down her house and stole all her crops.

American philanthropist Howard G. Buffett visited WFP's operations in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province in December, where tens of thousands of people have fled the latest bout of unrest sweeping the region. WFP reached out to them, distributing 15-day food rations to roughly 160,000 conflict-displaced people in the region. A long-time supporter of WFP, the Howard G. Buffett foundation has donated $1 million to help those returning home pick up their lives.