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.
Donors meet today in Geneva to pledge funds for DR #Congo crisis: A good 1st step to bring attention to a mega crisis unfolding before our eyes, but we must go beyond talks & pledges. Action must be taken now! #WeAreCongo @eu_echo @DutchMFA @NorwayMFA pic.twitter.com/aJsVMnafdP
— NRC (@NRC_Norway) April 13, 2018
— Hajer Naili (@H_NAILI) April 13, 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.
Int’l failure to respond to Congo’s mega-crisis has resulted in:
1. Worst cholera epidemic in decade
2. Highest hunger levels ever recorded
3. Doubling number of people in need
We are beyond failing Congo. #WeAreCongo pic.twitter.com/2ThF2jFSbU
— Jan Egeland (@NRC_Egeland) April 13, 2018
#DRCongo is one of the most severe #humanitarian crisis in the world with 13M people in need. Conflict, #displacement, epidemics and food security are some of the challenges. Check out our latest special report on displacement in #Ituri: https://t.co/c0EQvMiJxe #WeAreCongo pic.twitter.com/2nhJhzd0tJ
— ACAPS (@ACAPSproject) April 13, 2018
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.
— Christos Stylianides (@StylianidesEU) April 13, 2018
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.