Aid Cuts Threaten DR Congo's Internally Displaced

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the biggest displacement crisis in Africa, with more than 5.6 million internally displaced people and over half-a-million refugees and asylum-seekers.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that it will be forced to cut aid programmes for millions of internally displaced people and refugees in the DR Congo, if an immediate injection of funds is not forthcomming. The agency said it has thusfar only received 19% of the U.S.$225 million required to run its humanitarian operation in 2022. It said this was not enough to meet the bare minimum. It warned that it will be forced to cut cash and livelihood kits for agriculture, fisheries and livestock if it does not receive additional support.

Agency officials said the war in Ukraine has taken the oxygen out of humanitarian appeals for Africa. International solidarity toward people fleeing war in Ukraine has been overwhelming, they note, adding that similar support should be extended to all crises around the world.

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A young girl and her younger sister in a makeshift camp in Kalemie, Tanganika Province (file photo)

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