WFP executive director expected in Rwanda Saturday

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, is expected in Rwanda on Saturday to begin a three-day working visit as part of the second stage of her trip to the Great Lakes’ region, according to a statement from the WFP office in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

Cousin is also expected to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the statement indicated.

It said that Cousin's visit is aimed at evaluating the security and humanitarian situations in northern Kivu, as well as in the various camps accommodating Congolese refugees in Rwanda.

During her visit, Mrs. Cousin, who arrived in Rwanda by road from the Goma in eastern DRC, will meet several Rwandan personalities, including government officials, with whom she will share views on the famine threatening the refugees in the Great Lakes’ region.

Sources close to the WFP office here said Cousin's visit is coming on the heels of warnings by the UN agency against the prospects of hunger in the four camps whose number of inmates is significantly increasing.

In a letter to the Rwandan officials in August last year, the WFP resident representative in Kigali, Abdoulaye Baldé, said that the Congolese refugees in Rwanda were currently facing severe food insecurity.

WFP has said it will need US$ 4 million to extend its food distribution and aid operations to Congolese refugees in Rwanda.

The amount will help purchase 3,000 tonnes of foodstuffs, including sufficient quantities of corn flour, bean and oil.

Since early last year, Rwanda had offered asylum to more than 15,000 Congolese, including most of those from the North-Kivu province in eastern DRC.

The Great Lakes region is made up Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
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18 juillet 2013 17:32:45

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