Concern, which has worked in DRC for over 20 years, said aid has been “extremely slow” to arrive for the 13 million people currently in need, despite a decision by the UN to upgrade DRC’s status to a Level 3 Emergency.
This means that it joins Yemen and Syria in being regarded as “the worst-of-the-worst of humanitarian crises”, with hundreds of thousands of people set to starve if vital intervention does not materialise.
Two per cent ($36.8 million) of the $1.68 billion in humanitarian funding that the UN has called for to aid DRC in 2018 has so far been received this year – which follows only 52 per cent in funding needs being met in 2017.
“Urgent aid is needed to help the millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes,” added Reka Sztopa.
“Just one in eight people who need food received aid last month. We cannot stand by and allow this to continue.”
Displacement in North Kivu is related to conflict between armed groups with many vying for control of land and resources.
Last month, it emerged following the publication of a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, that an average of 5,500 people fled their homes in DRC every day in 2017 due to conflict.
Dublin man Mark Johnson is Concern’s Emergency Programme Manager in DRC and said that conflict is a constant threat to local communities.