About 1.7 million people still displaced in DRC
Jun 7, 2011
Catherine Bragg, the UN's Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General, urged for increased humanitarian aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo, during a press conference in Kinshasa, Congo.
"Those who are being displaced are in the most remote areas, often living in isolated communities where there is little government presence," said Bragg. "Access to this population is difficult because of physical obstacles, including lack of roads, as well as insecurity."
According to Bragg, many villages are isolated and hard to reach, making humanitarian efforts even more difficult. So far, only 41 percent of the amount asked for in support for the DRC has been received.
The DR Congo has a population of about 72 million people with a median age of only 17.4 years. About 8 million people live in the capital city of Kinshasa, according to the CIA. Bragg has made it clear that humanitarian assistance is key to the survival of many displaced persons in the DRC.