DR Congo boycott donor conference on humanitarian crisis

The United Nations (UN) is holding a donor conference in Geneva, hoping to raise £1.7bn to ease what it calls a major humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But in an unprecedented step, its government has refused to attend the event, alleging that the UN has exaggerated the scale of the problem.

Aid agencies say DR Congo is suffering a long neglected, very serious, humanitarian crisis including,

  • 13 million people in need
  • More than two million acutely malnourished children
  • 5 million people displaced from their homes.

For the UN, that is a “level three crisis” – the most severe.

But that assessment has offended DR Congo and it plans to boycott the conference.

UN officials say they still hope DR Congo’s diplomats will change their minds and show up.

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