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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched food vouchers for Congolese Refugees in the Central Africa Republic (CAR). WFP reported that it is meant to help restore a sense of normality to the lives of the refugees.
Alongside the food voucher system they have also set up a food fair with the food venders they have chosen to work with. The fair enabled the Congolese refugees to go from food booth to food booth purchasing the products they wished to have using the vouchers provided. Every person received a voucher worth 5,000 XAF, including children.
“Delivering food to Zemio poses enormous logistical challenges because of the poor road conditions between Bambari and Zemio. This new way of providing food assistance – the vouchers – gives refugees the opportunity to choose the types of food and quantities they want, boosts the local economy and removes the challenges associated with transporting food,” Bienvenu Djossa said, the WFP Country Director in CAR.