UN / KASAI HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

07-Aug-2017 00:02:12
The United Nations Humanitarian Chief said today in New York that “inaction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will have dramatic consequences for the Congolese people but also for the stability of the region” following what was a year of escalating violence in the country’s Kasai region. UNIFEED /FILE
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STORY: UN / KASAI / HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
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SOURCE: UNIFEED /FILE
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DATELINE: 7 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY /FILE
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Most of the affected communities have been left with no means of survival. Given the gravity of situation on ninth of June I declared the Kasai region an OCHA corporate emergency. Other agencies are also in the process of reviewing their internal classification.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“Funding remains a critical challenge in responding to the crisis in the DRC. The humanitarian funding gap is also growing just as violence mounts. The inter-agency response plan of the USD 812.5 million is less than one quarter funded. We are now in August, well over half way through this year. This represents our lowest funding level in a decade in supporting of the suffering people in DRC.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“We simply have no time to loose. Inaction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will have dramatic consequences for the Congolese people but also for the stability of the region. I urge you each to act now to stop the critical situation from worsening further. We owe the millions of women, men, girls and boys of the Democratic Republic of the Congo a humanitarian and a political response that is commensurate to their plight and their will to survive.”

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The United Nations Humanitarian Chief said today in New York that “inaction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will have dramatic consequences for the Congolese people but also for the stability of the region” following what was a year of escalating violence in the country’s Kasai region.

In his briefing on the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said “most of the affected communities [in Kasai region] have been left with no means of survival.”

O’Brien, a chief of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declared the Kasai region an OCHA corporate emergency – which requires all OCHA offices, branches and sections to provide their full support to response activities both at HQ and in the field.

He also said that the humanitarian funding gap “is also growing just as violence mounts. The inter-agency response plan of the USD 812.5 million is less than one quarter funded.”

O’Brien added “this represents our lowest funding level in a decade in supporting of the suffering people in DRC.”

In his briefing, the UN Humanitarian Chief urged member states to “act now to stop the critical situation from worsening further.”

He said “we owe the millions of women, men, girls and boys of the Democratic Republic of the Congo a humanitarian and a political response that is commensurate to their plight and their will to survive.”

Since violence started a year ago in the Kasai region of the DRC, some 1.3 million people were displaced – mostly within the country, but OCHA reported that some 30 000 people fleeing the violence in Kasai have cross the border to Angola.

With a total of 3.8 million displaced people throughout the country, the DRC has the largest internally displaced population in Africa. Also, some seven million people, of whom 1.9 million are children, are in need of emergency aid.
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