UNICEF says four lakh children are at risk in violence-hit regions of DR Congo

Almost 400,000 children risk dying of hunger in DR Congo's troubled Kasai region where months of violence has driven over a million people from their homes, UNICEF said.

AFP May 24, 2017 17:59:48 IST
UNICEF says four lakh children are at risk in violence-hit regions of DR Congo

Kinshasa: Almost 400,000 children risk dying of hunger in DR Congo's troubled Kasai region where months of violence has driven over a million people from their homes, UNICEF said.

UNICEF says four lakh children are at risk in violencehit regions of DR Congo

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The UN children's agency said the conflict in central Kasai has disrupted food supplies and undermined medical facilities.

The crisis has left almost 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, a statement said, meaning they could die without immediate aid.

UNICEF needs $ 40.2 million for its urgent response to the situation, the statement added.

"Without adequate medical help, without access to food and drinking water, the lives of hundreds of thousands of children are under threat," the report said.

Spiralling violence between government troops and tribal militias in the region has forced 1.27 million people from their homes since September.

The fighting erupted after government troops last August killed tribal chief Jean Pierre Mpandi, also known as Kamwina Nsapu, who had launched an uprising against President Joseph Kabila.

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