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Friday, 09 March 2012

DRC: Additional funding for safe delivery of humanitarian assistance

Following her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kristalina Georgieva, has announced  the European Commission will strengthen its humanitarian air service in the DRC with additional funding for helicopters bringing relief and aid workers, up to €4million more this year. The funding will improve the access of humanitarian aid agencies to remote areas in DRC where relief aid is needed but impossible to bring by land. This decision brings the European Commission's humanitarian aid to the DRC to more than €60 million in 2012.
Notably, the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, has stressed:  "We cannot help if we don't have access to the people who need our help. In the DRC, access is a real problem – relief is often most needed in remote areas and by displaced people. This is why it is essential to enable our humanitarian partners to reach the places where they are most needed".

Source: European Commission