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#WeAreCongo: The Conference to bring attention to a mega crisis unfolding in Congo (DRC)

MagkaSama Team - April 19, 2018
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Last week, OCHA, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the European Union hosted a Humanitarian Conference on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 13 April 2018.

OCHA published on their website the details regarding the humanitarian conference, attended by 54 countries in addition to numerous regional organizations, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. Announcements were made by 22 UN Member States and organizations for humanitarian action in DRC in 2018.

At the Conference, international donors announced US$528 million to support the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The announcements were made at a humanitarian conference in Geneva co-chaired by the United Nations, the European Union and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock said: “The generosity of donors will allow the United Nations and humanitarian agencies, working alongside the Government and Congolese institutions, to save more lives and protect more women, girls, boys and men”. He emphasized that the Government of the DRC is providing leadership on the crisis response while the UN is supporting the Government in playing that key role for its people.

Let’s hope this conference will be an eye opening for the international community to realize DRC needs our full attention and that we should not turn a blind eye on the atrocities committed in the country for decades.

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