World slammed for ignoring DRC disasters

War-in-DRCFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE international community has come under fire for ignoring the plight of millions affected by raging violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A year of conflict in the Central African country has led to serious human rights abuses and displaced some 1,4 million people throughout the entire Kasai region.
This has pushed the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) to 3,8 million, which is the worst toll in Africa.
The violence in the five provinces that make up the Kasai region has also pushed thousands of children out of school. Some 600 cases of sexual-based violence have been reported since last year, while several schools and health clinics have been commandeered into temporary shelter for the displaced.
In addition to the millions of displaced people, the country is dealing with a steady flow of refugees from neighboring Burundi, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and
Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, slammed the international community after a quarter of the US$812,5 million (R11 billion) appeal was met.
“This is not just insufficient,” said O’Brien.
“It is unacceptable for the global community to leave this very real
suffering of the Congolese people unaddressed just because of a shortage of money.”
The UN envoy has completed week-long mission to DRC where he visited
communities most affected by the massive crisis.
Violence between rivals communities and insurgency against the government of President Joseph Kabila are commonplace.
Kabila, in power since 2001, clung to the throne despite the expiry of his mandate last year.
Rescheduled elections are due this year but highly unlikely.
– CAJ News

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