Millions starving in worsening DRC warfare

HUNGERFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 8 million people are facing acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to escalating conflict and displacement in most parts of the country.
This represents an increase of 30 percent in the number of people facing hunger over the last year.
Chronic malnutrition affects over 7 million children.
Affected populations enduring the militancy have resorted to desperate mechanisms to cope.
Between 50 to 80 percent of people in some of the areas affected by hunger struggle to make ends meet and to have something to eat.
In several areas, people only eat once a day, and their meals – based on corn, cassava or potatoes – do not meet daily nutritional needs.
Food prices have been rising for the last three months.In some cases, diets are limited to starches and leaves.
Others have to resort to reducing or skipping meals, selling assets,borrowing money and sending family members to beg or eat elsewhere.
In conflict-ridden areas, farmers have seen their villages and fields pillaged by militia.
They have not been able to plant for the last two seasons.
Conflict, toppled with armyworm infestations, have destroyed crops.
“The situation is set to get worse if urgent support does not come in time,” said Alexis Bonte, Food and Agricultural Organisation representative in DRC, said.
The country of 82 million is characterised by conflict worsened by President Joseph Kabila’s continued stay in power after the expiry of his mandate last year.
Thousands of civilians have been killed and some 3,7 million displaced.
The Kasaï and Tanganyika regions are worst affected.
– CAJ News

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