UN says malnutrition on the increase in eastern DR Congo

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Malnutrition has risen by between 10% and 20% in eastern DR Congo, with the more than 1.
6 million people displaced inside the country unable to meet their basic needs, according to the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC).
The Mission warned there could be a serious humanitarian disaster if nothing was done to change the situation.
Last week, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, William Lacy Swing, hosted the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Executive Directors of the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF at a crisis-management meeting on DR Congo.
The central African country has been in conflict since 1998, with thousands of people killed and more than 420,000 Congolese scattered as refugees in neighbouring countries.

04 march 2006 11:19:00

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