UN gives $5 million in aid for crisis-hit DR Congo region

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The United Nations on Saturday announced aid worth $5 million to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in the violence-hit Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The remote central region has been plagued by violence since mid-August when government forces killed a tribal chief and militia leader, Kamwina Nsapu, who had rebelled against the central government of President Joseph Kabila.

According to the IN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in DR Congo, at least 400 people have been killed since September, with 200,000 others displaced from their homes.

“Today, throughout the three (areas of) Kasai, we count 200,000 internally displaced people, 32,000 returned, and more than 400 dead, including 66 in the month of January alone,” OCHA said in a press release.

The $5 million grant, released through its Central Emergency Response Fund, will be for a maximum period of six months to save the lives of about 108,000 people.

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