However, "even if there was access, the UN would have problems because of the lack of resources", one UN official told IRIN on Monday. Furthermore, many of the most-recently arrived internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the ROC capital, Brazzaville, had neither been registered, nor had they received any assistance because resources were insufficient.
In December, the UN country team warned that the humanitarian situation in the country could become dire. The World Food Programme has only enough food (rice, peas and oil) to assist people for the next four months, and has already stopped all rehabilitation programmes in order to focus on emergency assistance for those deemed most vulnerable. Meanwhile, the UN Children's Fund and the World Health Organisation expect their emergency stocks to last only one to two months and two-and-a-half months, respectively.
As for prospects for the near future, the UN team in the ROC was not optimistic. "At the moment, no signs of improvement are perceived, meaning that the return of the IDPs in their region cannot be foreseen," it said in its December assessment.
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