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Conflict and COVID-19 drive hunger to record levels in Congo

Conflict and COVID-19 drive hunger to record levels in Congo

A record 27.3 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or about one-third of its population, are suffering from acute hunger, largely because of conflict and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations said yesterday. The figure makes Congo home to the most people needing urgent food assistance in the world, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a joint statement. Besides conflict and the pandemic, the number also rose because the latest analysis covered more people than previous ones. "For the first time ever we were able…
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