Scottish Government pledges £293k for DR Congo humanitarian projects

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan said: "Our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those in most need." Pictre: Jon Savage
International Development Minister Alasdair Allan said: "Our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those in most need." Pictre: Jon Savage
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The Scottish Government has pledged £293,000 for humanitarian projects to help people in the crisis-hit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The money is being made available from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) to provide immediate aid to those affected.

Aid organisations have warned of food insecurity and a worsening humanitarian crisis as a result of escalating conflict in the Central African country.

It is the fourth activation of the £1 million Scottish Government fund since it was launched last year.

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan said: “Escalating conflict within the DRC has resulted in 4.3 million people displaced from their homes, 9.9 million considered food insecure and two million malnourished children.

“We want Scotland to be a good global citizen and our Humanitarian Emergency Fund aims to provide emergency life-saving aid to those in most need.

“We also recognise the humanitarian role neighbouring countries like Zambia have played in receiving increasing numbers of new arrivals of refugees from the DRC.

“This situation, and the response of the Zambian authorities, is an issue I will be keen to learn more about during my upcoming visit to Zambia.”