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Donors Pledge $528M For DRC, Fall Short Of $1.68B Needed For Humanitarian Assistance

Devex: Donors fall short of targets on funding pledges for DRC, but see progress
“Donors mustered less than a third of the annual funding needed for the Democratic Republic of the Congo at a pledging conference in Geneva on Friday, which was boycotted by leaders of the central African nation. … Donors on Friday hit $528.1 million in pledges for this year, well short of the DRC’s needs, which are estimated at $1.68 billion. The U.N. refugee agency is also seeking $508 million to help roughly 800,000 Congolese refugees in surrounding countries…” (Chadwick, 4/16).

U.N. News: Donors pledge over $500 million to tackle growing needs in DR Congo; U.N. warns humanitarian crisis cannot be ignored
“…In Geneva, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told donors that more than two million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in DRC and 13 million people require assistance there urgently — double the number of those in need last year. He added that DRC is also facing ‘the worst outbreak of cholera in fifteen years,’ as well as ‘an epidemic of sexual violence,’ committed mainly against children…” (4/13).