UN agencies say the DRC has the largest number of people in need of emergency food security assistance in the world.
A record 22.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing severe hunger, with one-third of the population of the violence-stricken Central African country due to conflict and the economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the United Nations has warned.
The World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a joint statement on Tuesday that the scale of the crisis was “surprising” and that “the DRC is home to the largest number of people in the world to support food security.”
In addition to the conflict and the coronavirus epidemic, the number also increased because the latest analysis covered more people than ever before.
“For the first time, we’ve been able to analyze a large segment of the population, and this has helped us get closer to the true picture of the astonishing level of food insecurity in the DRC,” said Peter Musoko, WFP’s country representative. Said
“The population of this country should be fed and the surplus should be exported. We can’t go to bed hungry children and families avoid food all day, ”he said.
The WFP says প্রয়োজন 662 million is needed this year to prevent millions more from drowning in need of food aid.
Out of the 2.3 million hungry people, about one million.7 million were in the state of “emergency”, which ended before the famine, according to an analysis obtained by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).
The effects of conflict
The worst-hit areas were Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tananganika in the eastern province, as well as the central Kasai province, all of which were affected by the conflict.
People were forced to flee their homes and returned home with their crops destroyed
The statement said, “Some people survive by eating only taro, the root of which grows wild or boiled only in cassava water.”
Militia violence has been rampant in the DR Congo for decades, particularly along the eastern border with Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, despite the formal end of the 2003 civil war.
“The recurring controversy in the East DRC and the suffering they have caused is a matter of great concern. Social and political stability is essential to strengthening food security and stabilizing vulnerable populations, ”said Aristide Ongon Obama, FAO Representative at the DRC.
“We must urgently focus on increasing food production where it is most needed, and on keeping human livelihoods alive,” he said. The main agricultural season is near the corner and there is no time to waste, ”he added.