The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that nearly 22 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are suffering from malnutrition, a figure that has been steadily rising since last year.
FAO says , "The number of people who are facing severe or severe food insecurity has increased dramatically - from 15.6 million in 2019 to 21.8 million."
Accordingly, war and covid-19, have affected food prices and other livelihoods making the situation go out of hand. “These conditions have led to a great deal of need and now the country is the first to have a food crisis in the world,” says the report.
Also declining wealth associated with the Congolese currency, the declining annual income of the country and the disasters such as floods, as contributing factors is further escalating the situation.
Most of the people affected by the situation are in the provinces of North and South Kivu, Ituri and central Kasai, according to the FAO.
According to the organization, the situation is especially difficult for refugees and internally displaced persons "who often return when they leave and find that there is nothing to help them return to their daily lives".
Accordingly, aid agencies are likely to face difficulties in reaching people due to unsettling conflicts within the areas thus making it more difficult for people to find solutions to their problems. The area has been a hub for militias and led to massacres of innocent civilians.