Aid Group Struggles To Feed Thousands Displaced By Conflict In DRC

Category: World / Nov 26, 2012 5:33PM EDT
Thousands have been displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are in need of food. The World Food Program said on Monday (November 26) that African leaders are scrambling to contain the latest violence in eastern Congo, where M23 rebels are advancing in the east of the country. Many of the people who fled their homes are looking to return, but thousands are still living in camps as the conflict drags on. At the camp outside Goma, a city that was taken by the rebels last week, children sit outside makeshift huts made from branches and bark. After briefly suspending food distribution last week over security concerns, the WFP says it is now providing food to over 80,000 people across several camps. The DRC has been plagued by nearly two decades of conflict, fuelled by political and ethnic rifts and competition over vast minerals resources. The fighting has raised fears for the safety of civilians and of a worsening refugee crisis.