Burundi Hunger Alert

Posted by: | Posted on: July 31, 2008

The food and general humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in Burundi, where more than one million people are in need of relief food due to a lack of rain, and prevailing insecurity.

Recent crop assessments indicated that the number of people in need of relief food during the first six months of the year has doubled compared to the same period in 2002. At the same time, the nutritional condition of the population has declined, with a marked increase in the number of children being admitted to therapeutic feeding centres in various parts of the country.

Slow response to the food aid needs has meant that in-country food stocks are very limited. With insecurity cutting off large segments of the population from humanitarian assistance, the situation is dire.

Following a peace agreement signed by the Government and rebel forces in December 2002, a transitional government with a new President will take place on 1 May 2003. .

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