Hundreds of thousands of children close to dying of hunger in Congo, UN warns

by Karen McVeigh

Photo:  Internally displaced children with severe acute malnutrition wait to receive medical attention at a hospital in Kasai-Oriental province, DRC.  [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters]

Hundreds of thousands of children in a province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo face imminent death from hunger, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, warned on Friday.
Without urgent humanitarian assistance, said the agency, child fatalities in the Kasai region – which erupted in violence in August 2016, and has forced 1 million people from their homes – could “skyrocket”.