The European Commission has announced 49.5 million Euros (about USD 61.6 million) in emergency assistance to facilitate the worsening humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Furthermore, 10.9 million Euros (USD 13.5) will go to neighboring countries, namely Tanzania, Rwanda and the Republic of Congo mainly to assist Congolese refugees.
Of the total fund, 42.3 million Euros (USD 52.6 million) will be used to provide the basic needs of the population affected by the crisis in the country, where overall humanitarian crisis have left over 13 million people in need of urgent assistance. The remaining 7.2 million Euros (USD 8.9 million) will be used to assist the ECHO flight, a dedicated air service that the Commission provides to humanitarian partner organizations to deliver essential supplies.
The announcement was made during an official visit of Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management to the Democratic Republic of Congo. During his visit, the Commissioner visited the EU funded Panzi hospital run by the 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate Dr D. Mukwege in Bukavu and the Ndosho hospital in Goma.
Christos Stylianides said, "The humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo are mounting. It has become the largest displacement crisis in Africa. The EU is stepping up its support with new funding to provide emergency food and water supplies, shelter and education for children, as well as health assistance against epidemics. There is no time to lose to help those most in need. It is now critical that all donors step up their support to the people of DRC. At the same time, I ask the DRC authorities to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers and facilitate humanitarian access throughout the country, so that assistance can reach all people in need."