UN: WFP delivers food aid to thousands displaced by violence in Bangui

New York, US (PANA) - Aid workers have reached more than 30,000 newly displaced people in desperate need of food in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic (CAR), where "the situation remains tense and volatile after a new surge in violence," the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Wednesday

"It is critical that WFP has the necessary resources to come to the aid of people who are most vulnerable and have been repeatedly affected by a crisis that erupted two years ago," said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Country Director in CAR.

According to WFP, nearly 900,000 people are still displaced or have taken refuge in neighbouring countries since the start of the conflict in 2013. The agency and its partners aim to assist 1.2 million people in areas worst-affected by conflict and hunger.

WFP said it urgently requires US$21 million to continue providing vital assistance to families in need through to the end of the year because "more than 40,000 people have been
forced to flee their homes in a matter of days."

"The situation remains tense and volatile, but WFP has been able to reach over the past week those most in need, people who have been cut off from any assistance for days, and living in difficult circumstances in over 20 displacement sites," Djossa explained.

"Even before this latest escalation in violence, about one in four people were in
need of urgent food assistance, and were struggling to recover from the widespread disruption the conflict caused to their lives," he added.
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