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Thursday, 26 November 2015 14:07

Russia's Kamaz Trucks Donated to Support WFP Operations in DRC

ROME, Italy, November 25, 2015 (UN/WFP) -- The Government of the Russian Federation has donated 30 KAMAZ trucks to the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to facilitate food deliveries and distributions to vulnerable people and the provision of services to humanitarian partners in hard-to-reach and crisis-hit areas.

The first batch of 10 trucks arrived in Goma, North Kivu province from Kampala, Uganda, at the end of September. They have been used to transport 100 tons of food for recently-displaced people in Walikale territory. The 20 remaining trucks are expected to arrive in DRC before the end of November.

Russian generosity and WFP logistics expertise

"The Federation of Russia appreciates WFP's dynamism and efforts in the fight against hunger in DRC," says the Ambassador of the Federation of Russia, Igor Evdokimov. "We welcome this cooperation and hope that the Kamaz trucks, top of the world in their category, will support the noble objectives of the WFP in DRC."

WFP already has a fleet of 28 DAF trucks, which have been used on the country's tortuous and dilapidated roads to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid over the past 10 years. The number of trucks was insufficient to cover all operations. If well-looked after, the trucks have a lifespan of about 40 years.

The Kamaz trucks' first mission took place on the Kashebere-Kibua-Mpofi axis in Walikale territory in North Kivu. Since July 2015, the area has been home to nearly 17,000 recently-displaced people who fled their villages following clashes between Mayi-Mayi armed groups over the control of mining areas.



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