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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

EC urges to ensure access for humanitarian assistance in DRC

According to recent updates by the Commission, the humanitarian situation of the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is increasingly worrisome. Accordingly, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Kristalina Georgieva states: “The humanitarian community has reached the absolute limit of its ability to respond to the needs of the people. I therefore strongly appeal to the various armed groups to stop the fighting, spare civilian populations and ensure access for humanitarian workers."
Since 1 April 2012 over 220,000 people have been newly displaced in North Kivu, fleeing to save their lives. 250 Congolese are arriving every day in Rwanda and Uganda. More than 12,000 refugees have already settled in camps in Rwanda which are now way beyond their limits in terms of capacity.
There are now more than 1.4 million IDPs in Eastern DRC, while the total number of IDPs in the country exceeds 2 million. These people have been forced to leave their homes and livelihoods by the ongoing conflicts and are in dire need of humanitarian aid in order to survive.

Source: European Commission