5 September 2001

Congo-Kinshasa: WFP Food Airlifts to Northern Katanga Continue

Meanwhile, according to WFP, Kalemie town in Northern Katanga province remained accessible only by air due to the presence of armed groups on the roads. WFP airlifted 440 mt of food from Kalemie to various locations in Northern Katanga province in June and July, and beginning in September, WFP intends to airlift an additional 500 mt of food to assist malnourished children and their families until the end of December.

A special operation to finance this airlift is being formulated, according to WFP. In the northwestern part of Katanga province under government control, WFP expanded food assistance and is considering assisting people in Ankoro and Gwena areas, along the frontline. WFP completed food distribution to 14,000 IDPs in Kitenge.

In central eastern Katanga, UNHCR, WFP and government officials carried out an assessment mission in Dubie and Kilwa, where WFP expects a massive return of refugees from neighbouring countries with the ceasefire holding; 15,248 people in Dubie and Kilwa are currently assisted by WFP through Caritas. WFP is now considering assistance through food-for-work (FFW) projects, but is concerned by their accessibility during the rainy season.

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