With 13.1 million people in dire need of assistance, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to witness one of the world's most complex and long-standing humanitarian crises.
The humanitarian situation has deteriorated dramatically over the past year. The crisis has deepened and spread, affecting people in areas previously considered stable and stretching the coping mechanisms of people in areas already impacted. A surge in violent conflict and intercommunal violence forced more than 2.1 million people to flee their homes in 2017 – an average of 50 families of every hour every day. Today, the total number of internally displaced people in the DRC has reached 4.4 million, which is the highest number of any country on the African continent. North Kivu Province remains the most affected, accounting for over 1.1 million displaced persons.
Insecurity has had a devastating impact on people’s capacity to access food, and 7.7 million people across the DRC are facing severe food insecurity – a 30% increase from the same time last year. The situation is further complicated by political uncertainty and economic downturn.
Across the DRC, more than 2 million children under five are affected by severe acute malnutrition – 12% of the world’s caseload – and outbreaks of diseases, including cholera, affect tens of thousands of people every year. On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Province.
In January 2018, Humanitarian Coordinator Kim Bolduc launched the Humanitarian Response Plan valued at USD 1.68 billion to respond to humanitarian needs this year, an amount double the 2017 financial requirement.
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