DRC: OCHA says humanitarian situation worrying

DRC: OCHA says humanitarian situation worrying. Photo : UN News

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – According to the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), humanitarian situation in DRC is one of the largest and most complex in the world, African Daily Voice has learnt.

“Nearly 13 million Congolese are facing food insecurity in 2019, including over 4 million malnourished children, of whom at least 1.3 million are severely malnourished,” reads the statement by OCHA.

“The latest Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri has killed more than 500 people, while cholera and measles continue to spread and sexual and gender-based violence remains widespread.

“The 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan requires US$1.65 billion to provide 9 million people with life-saving assistance. Of this amount, UNICEF needs $326 million to meet the humanitarian needs of 4.3 million children.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)’s Executive Director Henrietta F. Fore and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock are scheduled to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) next week (17-21 March) to assess the situation on the ground.

OCHA also disclosed that, Lowcock and Fore will meet with Government officials and other stakeholders in Kinshasa and travel to parts of North Kivu and Ituri provinces, to see first-hand the humanitarian situation and response, including to the Ebola epidemic, and meet with people affected by the crisis.

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