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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo

08 Oct 2021


Displaced people in Kakenge, Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, September 2021. © OCHA/Wassy Kambale

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 8 October 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

This morning in Geneva, UN Member States were briefed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, David McLachlan-Karr, a representative of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the Director of the INGO Forum Secretariat on the humanitarian situation in the DRC.

Insecurity and outbreaks such as Ebola, malaria and measles, combined with limited access to basic services such access to water, food and education, as well as rampant poverty and persistent infrastructural challenges, continue to affect the humanitarian situation in the DRC, notably in the east of the country. 

Some 5.5 million people are displaced in the DRC, the highest number of internally displaced people in Africa – including more than 1.3 million people who were displaced in the first half of this year. 

More than 27 million people are facing high levels of acute food insecurity – the highest figure ever recorded by the Integrated Phase Classification worldwide. 

From January to August 2021, 215 security incidents directly affecting humanitarian personnel or assets were recorded. Five humanitarian workers have been killed since the beginning of the year, and several others have been abducted, particularly in Ituri and North and South Kivu. 

The Humanitarian Response Plan for the DRC, which targets 9.6 million people, is only 31.5 per cent funded. 

UN agencies and non-governmental organizations are forced each day to make difficult choices about who receives assistance. Despite constraints, the humanitarian community has assisted more than 4 million people during the first six months of the year.