Nearly two million people are dependant on World Food Program (WFP) food distributions in order to survive in displaced persons camps in Darfur. The announcement of a reduction by half of the survival rations provided by WFP leads Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to be afraid of a serious nutritional crisis.
As long as the region of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to be a land coveted by many, death and physical abuse will remain the everyday lot of the civilian population. MSF has decided to extend its activities by initiating projects in Kayna and Rutshuru, two villages recently exposed to violent clashes.
Four-year old Moussa died the morning after another 18 tons of food aid was unloaded at Maradi's airport. Compounding the grief felt by his family, the boy's father, a poor bean, peanut, and millet farmer from the village of Nyelwa, on the outskirts of Maradi, Niger, had to ask strangers for money so he could transport the body of his dead son home.
Jean-Hervé Bradol, MD, President of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who headed MSF's programs in Rwanda in 1994, reflects on the genocide and its implications for the humanitarian aid movement.