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Preventing a humanitarian catastrophe: more aid for Central Africa

Food is unloaded from a World Food Programme helicopter.

Food is unloaded from a World Food Programme helicopter. , © Marco Frattini/WFP

08.12.2017 - Article

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ongoing fighting has forced millions to leave their homes. Many children are severely malnourished. The Federal Foreign Office is now providing more aid.

The Federal Foreign Office is providing a further 28 million euros to fund humanitarian aid projects in Central Africa. The money will be used to support the work of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the priority countries the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

More than four million people have fled their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to other parts of the country or neighbouring countries as a result of ongoing armed conflicts. The situa

Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of acute malnutrition.
Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of acute malnutrition.© Marco Frattini /WFP

tion is particularly tense in the central crisis region of Kasai, where more than three million people are in need of food aid. Some 400,000 children are at risk of acute malnutrition. With this support from Germany, the World Food Programme will now endeavour to secure the livelihoods of people displaced from their homes.
Germany has provided more than 400 million euros of humanitarian aid for the African continent in 2017 so far. In particular, Germany has played a major role in helping to overcome food crises in northeast Nigeria, South Sudan and the Horn of Africa, and has supported the life saving work of humanitarian partner organisations.

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