DR Congo withdraws from it’s own aid conference
The United Nation has held a donor conference in Geneva to raise $1.7bn in aid for the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The UN has described the crisis in the DRC as catastrophic, something that has infuriated the Central African country which has decided to opt out of the event.
DRC has described the UN’s comments and actions as excessive and also accused aid groups and NGOs in the country of portraying a “bad image of DRC throughout the world”.
The country’s Prime Minister Jose Makila had said that “The Democratic Republic of Congo declines to participate in the Geneva conference” on April 13.
“While recognising that the country is facing an emergency situation … the activation of the top-level humanitarian emergency acts as a brake” for development and discourages investors, Makila said.
The UN has said that at least 13.1 million Congolese are in need of humanitarian aid, while 7.7 million are starving.
The situation has also been compounded by the political crisis in the country following President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to exit in power. The UN fears the worst for the country if the current humanitarian crisis isn’t resolved.
Elections are however expected to be held in December this year although there isn’t much clarity on how successful it could be.