Democratic Republic of the Congo: From one crisis to another
TitleDemocratic Republic of the Congo: From one crisis to another
The humanitarian needs that marked the last months of 2019 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continued to disrupt the lives of millions of Congolese during the first half of 2020. From Djugu (Ituri) to Nyunzu (Tanganyika), from Mbandaka (Ecuador) to Uvira (South Kivu), humanitarian crises throughout the country are intertwined, perpetuating chronic suffering for some and, for the first time, plunging others into crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has further aggravated the situation, leading to an increase in the funds needed to meet humanitarian needs, from US$1.86 billion to $2.07 billion. Over halfway into the year, just 20 per cent of the humanitarian funding needed has been received. Without a substantial increase in funding, humanitarian organizations will be forced to make difficult operational choices that could leave some communities on the brink of survival.