BUJUMBURA, (Xinhua) -- The
Burundian government on Wednesday rejected a report by UN humanitarian agency
OCHA that claimed 3.6 million Burundian citizens are facing a food crisis.
the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) presented a
report on Burundi’s 2018 humanitarian response plan showing that the country’s
food security situation is alarming. The Burundian government rejects this
report full of fabricated figures,” said Burundian Government Spokesman Philippe
OCHA did not
collaborate with involved ministries including the interior ministry, human
rights ministry, health ministry and agriculture ministry while writing the
report, said Nzobonariba.
He said OCHA
presented figures of people facing a food crisis in an “exaggerated” manner,
underlining that this is not the first time.
government is surprised because the food security situation in 2018 is far
better than that of 2017 considering efforts made in the sectors of agriculture,
health and repatriation of refugees where interesting results are visible,” said
figure of people facing a food crisis accounts for about one third of Burundi’s
total population. Women and children are the most affected by the food crisis,
according to the report.
also said that the number of Burundian citizens in need of humanitarian
assistance has increased by 18 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.
said the increase was due to poverty, deterioration of the socioeconomic
situation, malnutrition, poor access to treatment and climate change.