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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02298-N
Date : 21/03/2018
Title : République démocratique du Congo : manger des escargots pour survivre = Democratic Republic of the Congo : eating snails to survive
Duration : 00:04:49
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
WELLS, Crystal Ashley
Cameraman : NG`ANG`A KAMAU, Mark
Editor : FELL, Nicola Eva
Production reference : AV833N
Description : Unrelenting violence in DR Congo is fuelling one of the largest and most serious humanitarian crises in the world in which millions are forced from their homes and struggling to feed themselves. Clashes have destroyed crops, while the grinding cycle of conflict and displacement has left many farmers unable to plant at all, forcing families to survive on whatever food they can forage.
In Mukambe, a remote village in the south-eastern province of Tanganyika, where inter-ethnic conflict has uprooted more than 650,000 people from their homes, families have resulted to eating mostly snails.
Further west, in Kasai Province, families are also struggling to feed themselves after fighting forced them from their homes—often to live deep in the bush. Even as they return to their villages, food shortages persist as they were not able to plant and do not have the resources to purchase food.
For children, the situation is particularly critical.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), together with farming associations, is helping farmers to plan again by providing seeds, tools, and land given by local chiefs.
The UN estimates that more than 4.6 million Congolese children are acutely malnourished—2.2 million of them severely acute, the most life-threatening form of malnutrition. Last year, escalating violence in DR Congo drove the highest recorded number of new displacements in the world. More than four million people in the country are estimated to be internally displaced—the highest on the continent.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the ICRC promotes respect for international humanitarian law in the treatment of civilians and detainees and helps those adversely affected by conflict and internal violence to survive and become self-sufficient. It also improves water supply and sanitation, strengthens health care for the wounded and sick, including victims of sexual violence, and reunites families separated by conflict and violence.
Original language : International soundtrack
French title : République démocratique du Congo : manger des escargots pour survivre
English title : Democratic Republic of the Congo : eating snails to survive
Colour/B&W : colour
SD/HD : HD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422

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