Rusizi-DRC border residents allowed to harvest their food crops across

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 27 May 2020 at 06:32

Rusizi District Administration has begun compiling a list of people who have grown food crops across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to help them harvest their crops during these times when the borders are closed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Local residents in villages neghbouring DRC in Rusizi district have been lamenting for days to be short on food supplies yet they had planted food crops in the DRC which they demand be allowed to harvest.

One of the local residents who requested to go to harvest their crops, told the media that the problem of hunger emanates from being prevented from entering Congo to harvest their food.

“Allow us for only three weeks to harvest our foods. Do not let us starve to death, the famine is too much. Give us only three weeks to harvest our crops.”

The residents say they were happy with the authorities’ decision of allowing them to cross and harvest their crops. They began crossing into DRC on Tuesday but expressed concern over the timing of their arrival, demanding that they are given three days.

Rusizi District Administration has begun compiling a list of people who have grown food crops across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo,

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