DRC: The Humanitarian crisis in North Kivu at The Centre of discussions between the Prime Minister and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to deteriorate, escalating the already severe humanitarian crisis as violence forces civilians to flee their homes en masse.

In response to these challenges, a crucial meeting was held in Kinshasa on April 18, 2024, between United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, and Prime Minister Judith Suminwa Tuluka.

Türk emphasized the urgent need for international attention and concerted efforts to address the human rights violations and humanitarian fallout in the region.

Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, both leaders pledged to strengthen collaboration to effectively tackle the crisis.

They stressed the importance of prioritizing the needs of affected populations and ensuring that human rights considerations are integrated into all levels of governance and administration.

«The humanitarian situation, particularly in the East, is dire due to escalating violence, mass displacement, and ongoing conflicts. It is imperative that the government and the UN forge a close partnership to address these pressing humanitarian challenges», Türk stated.

Moreover, he highlighted the critical role of international support, emphasizing the joint appeal launched earlier for 2.6 billion dollars to fund the 2024 humanitarian response plan.

This funding is essential to provide life-saving assistance and protection services to 8.7 million vulnerable individuals, whose survival depends heavily on emergency aid.

In conclusion, the collaboration between the DRC government, the UN, and humanitarian organizations is crucial to mitigating the humanitarian crisis and ensuring the well-being of affected populations in the region.

Jean-Robert Tchandy



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