Over 1 million Burundians malnourished, says WFP official

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Malnutrition is affecting more than a million of Burundi's seven million inhabitants, owing to war, the vagaries of the weather and poverty, an official of the World Food Programme (WFP) local office has revealed here.
Esperance Ntezukobagira, head of nutritional issues at the WFP Burundi office, told a consultation workshop in here Monday that in order to assist the affected population, WFP established a "prolonged rescue and recovery programme" that runs from January 2003 to January 2006.
The UN official said WFP was working closely with the other humanitarian organisations and the Burundi government to address the situation.
According to a UN report issued here in 2003, there are 233 nutrition centres throughout Burundi and about 360,000 people were given food aid on a monthly basis in 2003.
The report states that 58.
2 percent of Burundians in the rural areas and 66.
8 percent in the urban zone were afflicted by poverty.
It said the decade-long war had exacerbated the situation, ruining the local economy and social services.

26 Abril 2004 14:19:00

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