MONUSCO peacekeepers in Beni territory, North Kivu, Democratic Repbulic of the Congo.
A spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned any violence inside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which could slow down the humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak inside the vast country’s north-east, following an attack on a UN base in addition to nearby hotels housing UN staff, inside the city of Beni on Friday.
Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, Herve Verhoosel urged all parties in DRC to respect international humanitarian law, adding which WFP cannot afford any disruption to its life-saving operations: “any setbacks due to insecurity threaten to slow down efforts to limit the spread of the virus. Therefore, we urge all parties to facilitate the life-saving work of our teams in addition to aid workers.”
No UN employees were injured inside the attack in addition to, although numerous WFP staff were temporarily relocated to the city of Goma, the majority remained in Beni, in addition to the agency was able to continue the food assistance in addition to logistical support the item provides as part of the broader humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The attack came just two days after seven UN peacekeepers were killed, in addition to 10 wounded, during a joint operation with Government forces in Beni territory, against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group in Beni territory, carried out as part of the UN mandate to protect the local population.
the planet Food Programme will be supporting the medical response to Ebola by transporting, delivering in addition to storing medical supplies, constructing safe rooms for response teams, in addition to getting food to those receiving medical care for Ebola in health facilities.
As population movements are a factor inside the spread of disease, WFP will be also providing food inside the affected region, in order to limit these movements, in addition to rations are provided to health workers in addition to various other front-line personnel.