DR Congo

UN warns of deteriorating humanitarian conditions amid conflict in DRC

The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is rapidly deteriorating, with the UN Chief expressing grave concerns about the worsening conditions faced by civilians in the eastern part of the country.

According to UN, the recent conflict escalation in North Kivu Province has led to the displacement of 144,000 people, and non-state armed groups have been targeting civilians in various areas, leading to killings, kidnappings, and the burning of homes.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is working to expand displacement sites and plans to deliver 900,000 shelters in 2024, nearly doubling the previous year’s efforts.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have also called for urgent action to protect affected children and families.

The surge in conflict and displacement is straining resources and hindering the provision of essential services such as food, water, sanitation, shelter, healthcare, and protection for vulnerable groups.

Aid agencies are facing logistical challenges, with crucial land routes for delivering supplies being cut off, leading to shortages and price spikes in local markets.

WFP is seeking 300 million U.S. dollars, while UNICEF is requesting 400 million dollars for the next six months to support those in dire need.

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