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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

9. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to deal with the humanitarian situation in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo. (244093)

I recently made available an additional £5 million for the crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), bringing the total UK spend for humanitarian needs in DRC in 2008 to £42 million.

DFID is one of the largest humanitarian donors in the DRC and has been at the forefront of the humanitarian effort to date. The bulk of UK funds (£30 million) are provided to the UN-managed Pooled Fund, with the remainder going to NGOs and the Red Cross. UK funds are providing much needed shelter, health, water and sanitation, food and nutrition to over four million Congolese throughout DRC.

12. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo. (244096)

The humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is dire. Currently, the main needs assessed by my Department are security, health, food, water, sanitation and shelter for the over 1 million displaced and the communities affected by the conflict.

The humanitarian community has responded well to the crisis and there are no significant humanitarian gaps at present. The UK is one of the largest humanitarian donors to the DRC with £42 million in 2008 and UK funds have been in action since day one of the crisis. UK funds are helping to reach over 4 million Congolese each year across DRC.