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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo

04 Jun 2021


Thousands of people in the neighbourhood of Toukra, N’Djaména, were displaced following flooding (November 2020). © OCHA/Federica Gabellini

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 4 June 2021


The UN and partners today launched the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan for Chad.

Some 5.5 million people – nearly one third of the country’s population – need humanitarian assistance this year. Humanitarian organizations are seeking US$617 million to assist 4 million people among them.

Chad continues to be affected by chronic underfunding, while the population requiring humanitarian assistance has increased. So far, only 8 per cent of the required funding has been secured.

Needs are being driven up by three concurrent humanitarian crises: a malnutrition and food insecurity crisis, a health emergency, and a displacement crisis driven by armed conflicts and natural disasters.

Humanitarian access is limited in certain areas of Lac Province, close to the Lake Chad Basin and the border with the Central African Republic, due to conflict-related insecurity.

The UN and humanitarian partners, with more funding, can immediately help to save the life and dignity of affected people in Chad, reducing their vulnerability and strengthening their resilience to respond to recurrent shocks.

Last year, 2.2 million people were assisted by humanitarian organizations in Chad.


Democratic Republic of the Congo

Following the volcanic eruption in Goma, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr. David McLachlan-Karr, led a mission on 3 June to the Sake health area, which hosts more than 62,800 displaced people from the city of Goma.

The mission included the German Ambassador, representing the donor community, the INGO forum, UNDP, IOM, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, WHO and OCHA.

During the visit, the delegation met with local authorities and humanitarian partners. They visited displaced people in three assembly sites (Néo Apostolique, Mosquée and Mululu Institute).

The HC reiterated, among other things, the zero tolerance of cases of sexual abuse and exploitation. He also recalled the principles inherent to humanitarian action, including the principle of “Do No Harm”.

The HC has allocated US$3.5 million from the DRC Humanitarian Fund to address urgent needs. This comes on top of the $1.2 million in CERF funds announced by the ERC last week.

The UN and humanitarian partners’ strategy in support of the Government’s response to people affected by the eruption requires $15.6 million, of which $5.2 million has been received to date. The strategy aims to help both people who have been displaced and those returning to Goma, as well as affected people in Goma.