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In Kinshasa, Commissioner Georgieva announces a surge in aid for forgotten crisis

Children in DRC (c) EU
05/03/2012  - 

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Africa's second largest country is suffering one of the world's most drawn-out emergencies; hundreds of thousands of people need urgent help due to displacement, violence, malnutrition and epidemics.

This is why the European Commission is increasing its humanitarian assistance in the country to €59 million.

With her four-day visit, Commissioner Georgieva wants to draw more attention to the humanitarian crisis in the DRC, preventing it from slipping away from the radar of the international community and turning into another forgotten crisis.

After meeting humanitarian organisations and the UN Stabilisation  Mission in Kinshasa, tomorrow the Commissioner will travel to Goma and Bukavu to see European Commission-funded projects, such as the Panzi hospital which specialises in treating survivors of sexual violence.

The Commissioner will conclude her visit by celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March with women of the DRC, whose resilience in the face of conflict, poverty, displacement and sexual aggression is a lesson in human dignity to us all.

Since 2005, the Commission has provided €367 million in humanitarian aid inside the country, which makes it the largest relief aid donor there.

The Commissioner intends to visit the area hit by explosions in Brazzaville, Congo