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Democratic Republic of the Congo needs humanitarian aid

The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo and declared a need for more humanitarian assistance.

About 1.7 million people have been displaced due to violence in the DRC.

"This crisis receives far less attention than it deserves," said Ms. Bragg. "We call on the Government to step up its relief efforts. We also urge donors and the rest of the international community to continue supporting humanitarian response, notably in the north-east, to alleviate the suffering of thousands, while working with the Government to promote peace and stabilization."

Bragg also said that the humanitarian problem in DRC is one of the "most serious and chronic" in the world. Another official of the U.N., Valerie Amos also visited DRC this year. Amos is the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

DR Congo has a population of 71.7 million people with a median age of only 17.4 years. About 8 million people live in the capital city of Kinshasa.
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