Following an escalation in inter-community tensions and clashes among local militia, the armed forces and self-defence groups in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in mid-2016, more than 30,000 people fled across the border into Angola’s Lunda Norte province. The government of Angola established two reception centres for refugees near the town of Dundo, and initiated relocations from the centres to a longer term resettlement site at Lóvua, about 90 km away.
Following an official request for support from the government in May 2017, the World Food Programme (WFP) began conducting assessments and providing food assistance to refugees in coordination with UN and NGO partners.
A rapid food security and agriculture assessment in Dundo by WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) confirmed a high level of food insecurity as a result of the displacement and high rates of pre-existing poverty.
What the World Food Programme is doing in Angola
With an operational presence in Luanda, Dundo and Lóvua, WFP is working closely with partners, including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and World Vision International to ensure that refugees from Kasai are able to meet their basic food and nutrition requirements, and to lay the foundation for more sustainable solutions.
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