The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre have just said that nearly a million people fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first half of the year.
This outpaced conflict zones in Yemen and Syria, and also means that for the second year running, DR Congo is the worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world.
In the report published today, the fighting forced about 997,000 people to flee their homes between January and June this year. That figure surpassed the 922,000 displaced in the whole of 2016, the report added.
Norwegian Refugee Council’s Congo director Ulrika Blom said: “For the second year running, Congo is the country worst affected by conflict displacement in the world.
“It’s a mega-crisis. The scale of people fleeing violence is off the charts.”
Despite there being four million displaced people, as well as more than seven million struggling to feed themselves, international aid has been slow to materialise, Ms Blom said.
“If we fails to step up now, mass hunger will spread and people will die. We are in a race against time,” she warned.
According to the UN, DR Congo is the world’s largest source of cobalt. It has struggled for over 20 years to defeat militias operating in its mineral rich eastern region.
Despite the UN funding its highest ‘level 3 emergency’ for the country last month, little money or resources have trickled in to respond to the crisis. Today, DR Congo is the second lowest funded of the world’s biggest crises.
Less than half of the $812 million needed to help 8.5 million people has been received so far.