EU Pledges €99 Million in Humanitarian Aid for Conflict-Stricken Democratic Republic of the Congo

Human Rights, World News

In a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 16-19 June 2024, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, witnessed firsthand the devastating humanitarian crisis plaguing parts of the country due to ongoing conflicts and violence. During his trip, which included meetings with authorities and a visit to the troubled eastern region, Commissioner Lenarčič announced that the EU plans to provide close to €99 million in total humanitarian assistance for 2024, with €35 million subject to budgetary approval.

During his meetings with President Félix Tshisekedi and Prime Minister Judith Suminwa Tuluka, Lenarčič expressed grave concern over the humanitarian situation in the DRC and emphasized the importance of respecting International Humanitarian Law, including the protection of the civilian population. The Commissioner also reaffirmed the EU’s position calling for an inclusive dialogue between the DRC and Rwanda to address the root causes of the M23 conflict and ensure the respect of sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of all countries in the region.

Lenarčič visited Goma and engaged with humanitarian partners, commending their dedication and reiterating the EU’s support for their vital work. The EU’s humanitarian efforts aim to address widespread food insecurity, with over 25.4 million people acutely food insecure, and provide aid to the over 7 million internally displaced people within the DRC. Additionally, gender-based violence remains a significant concern, prompting the EU to develop a holistic response strategy in 2024.

Commissioner Lenarčič stated, “The EU remains firmly committed to assisting the DRC deal with the disastrous humanitarian situation it faces. I am pleased to announce that I have just requested an additional funding of €35 million, allowing us to provide life-saving aid to the most vulnerable.” The EU’s support for the DRC includes humanitarian aid flights and, when necessary, the organization of Humanitarian Air Bridge flights to hard-to-reach areas.