DR Congo is home to more than 5.5 million internally displaced people, the third- highest number in the world. It is the world’s most neglected displacement crisis, according to a report by the Norwegian Refugee Council. A million other Congolese people have also been forced to flee their country.
“The war in Ukraine has highlighted the immense gap between what is possible when the international community rallies behind a crisis, and the daily reality for the millions of Congolese who continue to suffer in a deafening silence.” Jan Egeland, secretary general of the NRC said in the statement.
Food insecurity reached the highest level ever recorded, with 27 million people – a third of the country’s population – going hungry. The aid provided to DR Congo last year equalled less than $1 a week per person in need.
“Despite these urgent needs, support to the country is inadequate, and the situation has become a textbook example of neglect,” the NRC chief said. “People inside and outside of Africa with the power to create change are closing their eyes to the waves of brutal and targeted attacks on civilians that shatter communities,” Egeland added.