UN humanitarian agencies suspend aid DR Congo refugee camps due to inadequate donation

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-1-25 16:34:22

UN humanitarian agencies have suspended their assistance in 34 camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), according to a source from the World Food Program (WFP).

Besides the WFP, other UN agencies that have suspended their activities include United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Refugee agency UNHCR.

The WFP's executive assistant in charge of operations, Ramiro Lopes Da Silya, said Friday the agencies were not able to distribute the little provisions offered by donors.

"We only give what we have received from donors," he said, adding that "we have discovered that there are people who are not really vulnerable and who really do not need food assistance, but they continue to receive aid."

Lopes said an evaluation will be carried out in all camps to ascertain the level of vulnerability of beneficiaries, and the same evaluation will determine in details if the displaced persons who are really in need of humanitarian aid are those who are getting it.

A joint mission of UNICEF, the UNHCR and the WFP has been in DR Congo from Jan. 21 to 25 to raise alarm on the country's humanitarian crisis to the international community.

Officials of the three UN agencies said the suspension will not affect all programs. School feeding programs and nutritional programs such as those for the HIV/AIDS patients and the elderly will continue.

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