Beasley calls for urgent aid to DRC poverty stricken areas

DRC – Head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley says more than three million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are living under squalid and poverty stricken communities.

 

In an interview with the BBC, Beasley appealed to the DRC government and other humanitarian organisations to do something and avert poverty in the country.

 

According to Beasley, Kasai province is the most affected area and if aid is not provided urgently, hundreds of thousands of children in the province could die in the coming months.

 

“We’re talking about several hundred thousand children there that will die in the next few months, if we don’t get first funds and then second food, and then third access in the right locations,” said Beasley.

 

Beasley also added that his organisation was doing everything in its power to help multitudes of people in the country but it is not enough to cater for everyone.

 

“Our teams are out in the field, we saw burned huts, burned homes, seriously malnourished children that had been stunted, obviously many children have died already,” he added.

 

The crisis in DRC is a result of the August 2016 clashes that has seen over three thousand people dead and at least 1.5 million people forced to evacuate their homes, the majority being children.

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