7.5 million need humanitarian aid in DRC

Kinshasa - Decades of successive crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo have left 7.5 million people, nine percent of the population in need of humanitarian aid including food, the United Nations said on Monday.

Parts of eastern DRC have been wracked by warfare, ethnic strife and armed conflicts over land and control of mineral resources for more than 20 years.

"A complex and protracted crisis of massive proportions has created humanitarian needs for 7.5 million people, or 9 percent of the population," said a new report from the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"Decades of successive shocks have intensified humanitarian needs, leaving a higher proportion of the population vulnerable to the multiple shocks caused by conflicts, epidemics, malnutrition and natural disasters."

The report, which highlights global humanitarian needs, says that for OCHA and its partners to help six million people in DRC this year it needs $690m.


(Source: News24)


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