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Monday, 03 December 2012

New € 15 million EU funding for DRC

The European Commission requested EU budgetary authorities to release € 15 million for increasing its humanitarian aid for the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as a response to recent escalation in fighting between the armed forces and the March 23 Movement (M23) reported to have worsened the humanitarian situation in the region. If the new founding is approved, the total humanitarian aid from the Commission to DRC would amount to almost €80 million for 2012.
The funding is aimed to help over 700.000, setting as priority life-saving activities such as cholera control, distribution of essential food and non-food items, shelter, health provision and protection.
Heavy fighting between M23 rebels and government forces (FARDC) in Eastern DRC broke out on 15 November, ending a virtual truce that had lasted on the frontlines for nearly three months. M23 has entered Goma on 20 November and controls now the city of 800,000 people and a key operational hub for humanitarian organisations throughout North Kivu.
There are 2.4 million internally displaced people within the country, and over 650 000 people have been displaced in eastern DRC since April 2012.


Source: European Commission