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EU grants euro5 million more in humanitarian aid for Congo

EU grants euro5 million more in humanitarian aid for Congo

The European Union granted millions in humanitarian aid Wednesday for some 300,000 people affected by recent fighting between Congolese government troops and militias from the country's southeastern region of Katanga.
The EU said the euro5 million (US$6.3 million) covers distribution of food, seeds, tools and household kits, the provision of basic health care, resettlement assistance and help for education.
"We are committed to a peaceful, democratic and prosperous" Congo, EU Development Affairs Commissioner Louis Michel said in a statement.
"And we continue to help in tackling urgent humanitarian needs. The relief effort for the victims of the militia conflict in Katanga is the latest concrete example of Europe's solidarity with the Congolese people."
A second round of elections are set to take place Oct. 29 between President Joseph Kabila and main rival Jean-Pierre Bemba.
Since 2004, the EU has provided euro128 million (US$162.4 million) in humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in the Congo. Additionally, it has provided euro149 million (US$189 million) in support of elections in the Central African nation.


Updated : 2021-05-14 14:37 GMT+08:00