UN sees low funding as threat to humanitarian work in DRC

15:19, June 05, 2010      

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A funding shortfall for relief operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could lead to a major reduction in aid to hundreds of thousands of people in the eastern African country, where conflict in some areas has displaced a large slice of the population, the United Nations warned on Friday.

UN agencies and their non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners have requested 828 million U.S. dollars for humanitarian projects in the DRC this year, but only 249 million dollars, or 30 percent of that amount, has been made available, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The available funding included 70 million dollars carried over from 2009, an indication of how slowly new contributions have been trickling in this year.

"If resource mobilization continues at this pace, total financing for 2010 is likely to be below 500 million dollars, or less than 60 percent of the requirements, with a shortfall of over 328 million dollars," said Fidele Sarassoro, the UN humanitarian coordinator for DRC.

"This would have disastrous consequences for humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable," Sarassoro added in a press release issued jointly with the DRC government.

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