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LDS Church donates $1 million to fight hunger in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Democratic Republic of Congo, Kasai Region, 22 August 2017. Violence and hunger puts Kasai Region of Democratic Republic of Congo on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. Conflict in the Kasai region has left thousands of people killed and many buried in mass graves. More than a million have fled their villages since August 2016. […]

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s Welfare Department, donated $1 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in its ongoing support to help feed people who are hungry across the globe.

“The outstanding work of WFP has enabled us to send critical aid to some of the most challenging places in the world — places we may never have reached without their efforts,” said Bishop Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop of the LDS Church.

The funds will provide much needed nutritious food staples such as cereals, salt and cooking oil for the most vulnerable people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nearly 8 million people in the DRC struggle to find food due to conflict in the region. The unrest has displaced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and caused widespread food shortages. Many of those impacted are children at risk of dying because of severe acute malnutrition.

The partnership with WFP began in 2014 and spans 11 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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