UN agencies resume humanitarian operations in conflict-affected DRC
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GENEVA, Nov. 27 — The United Nations humanitarian organizations were able to resume assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) in 12 sites around Goma, capital city of conflict-affected North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UN agencies said Tuesday.
Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson of the World Food Program (WFP), said WFP emergency food distributions have been completed in 10 of the 12 IDP sites.
The organization carried out a rapid food security assessment over the past weekend. Many cases of malnutrition have been identified among IDPs during the assessment, she said.
WFP urgently required 114 million U.S. dollars to meet the emergency food and cash voucher requirements of new IDPs and to provide complementary relief, early recovery and resilience support over the next six months.
Adrian Edwards, spokesman with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), told reporters that the UNHCR and its NGO partners have been working over the weekend to deliver WFP food, as well as soap and water containers.