Congo on the brink of humanitarian disaster
The Democratic Republic of Congo is on the brink of another humanitarian emergency, with a massive funding shortfall expected to leave millions of the country’s most vulnerable people - who are living in camps for displaced people - without emergency food aid. In one camp, alone, there are more than 53,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing conflict.
The United Nations World Food Program had to reduce - and in some cases stop - food delivery to refugee camps late last year, citing a $75-million funding shortfall.
Meanwhile, conflict continues in this fragile country. DRC government forces recently attacked Ugandan Islamist rebels in the east. The move triggered a United Nations-backed offensive to get rid of insurgents. The rebels – known as the ADF-NALU – are an alliance of groups opposed to the Ugandan government that operate from bases in eastern Congo. They are a major roadblock to peace and people’s sense of security.
The ADF-NALU is blamed for recent attacks and kidnappings, including the deaths of about 40 civilians on Christmas Day. The U.N. says the group has abducted hundreds of Congolese citizens over the past year, alone.Please consider making a donation to help children and families living in the Congo