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Massive shortfall in overseas humanitarian funding for DRC: Oxfam
Cat : Poverty and Debts
Date : 2006-05-13 12:05:54                      Reader : 266

inspite of world Institutions that claim helping the poor, fighting famine , still thousands die daily !! not only in Congo , but also East Africa , dying with both wars and famine !!


Asociated France Press (AFP) 13/5/2006

Massive shortfall in overseas humanitarian funding for DRC: Oxfam


LONDON (AFP) - Developed nations are turning a blind eye to the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo and have committed "nothing or almost nothing" to the relief effort there, according to Oxfam.


International donors have pledged only 94 million dollars or 14 percent of the 682 million dollars needed for the Humanitarian Action Plan developed by the UN, Red Cross and aid agencies and launched in February, it claimed.

In the last three months, the British-based NGO said an estimated 100,000 people have died from "conflicted-related causes".

Oxfam singled out the United States and Japan for making "miniscule commitments relative to the size of their economies"; France and Germany for making "small commitments"; and Italy for pledging nothing at all.

The troubled central African state is due to hold its first multi-party elections in 40 years on July 30.

"Donors have rightly invested over 450 million dollars in support of the elections, but voting alone won’t cure the problems in DRC," said Oxfam’s Juliette Prodhan.

"Significant humanitarian assistance is urgently needed in order to save lives. Rich country governments have a moral obligation to act when 1,200 people are dying every day from conflict-related causes."

Oxfam said the response from countries like Finland, Sweden and Canada, "who usually set the example", had been disappointing and also said New Zealand, Australia and Spain, who have not given to DRC in the past, should donate.

Countries that have pledged humanitarian funds should now make them available for implementation as soon as possible, it added.

"The stark reality is that humanitarian needs in DRC are receiving one sixtieth of what was contributed to alleviate suffering after the 2004 (Indian Ocean) tsunami," said Prodhan.

"Every penny that went to the tsunami relief was appropriate given the scale of the disaster. But it goes to show just how much the DRC is being neglected."

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by waves of ethnic violence since the start of its 1998-2003 civil war.

Oxfam estimated that 3.9 million people have died as a result of the conflict in the last eight years.

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