UN Raises Hundreds of Millions Raised in Aid

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The United Nations says it is pleased by the strong response to its appeal for life-saving aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A special pledging conference held in Geneva hopes to raise $1.7 billion in humanitarian assistance for 13 million Congolese who are subjected to violence and displacement.

In the conference, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that good progress was made toward the $1.7 billion funding goal for DR Congo.

The United States, the single largest donor to this humanitarian response, has pledged nearly $67 million.

Lowcock said that the situation in the country is desperate. He says ethnic violence has worsened in the east.

Parts of the country, previously untouched by armed conflict and disaster, have experienced high levels of violence during the past year.

President Joseph Kabila, who was supposed to have left office at the end of 2016 is still clinging to power, he added that this is creating tensions in the country.

Lowcock says aid requirements have doubled over last year with nearly eight million people going hungry, more than two million acutely, severely malnourished children at risk of dying and some five million displaced by violence and conflict.