Aid agencies seek $30.5 million to assist displaced people in eastern DRC

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Displaced people in DRC

Humanitarian agencies are appealing for $30.5 million to deliver life-saving assistance in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo over the next six months.

The funds will help nearly 600,000 people in North Kivu province meet their basic needs while restoring their livelihoods in the aftermath of fighting which has displaced thousands.

Launched on Thursday by international and local aid groups, the appeal will also provide for the rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities and the renovation of clinics and health centres at camps for the displaced.

The appeal is part of a $892 million country-wide action plan set to launch in a few weeks, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

OCHA says the plan also addresses security and protection of civilians.

While clashes between the national army and the M23 rebel group have diminished, the agency says North Kivu remains highly insecure due to proliferation of weapons, sporadic fighting, and inter-community tensions.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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