UK aid cut would be a hammer blow for the Democratic Republic of Congo 

International non-governmental organisations working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) call on the UK Government to urgently reconsider aid cuts in the face of overwhelming humanitarian need. 

The humanitarian situation in DRC is dire. Over 27 million people are experiencing acute food insecurity, one in three of the population, and 7 million people are now just one step away from catastrophe. To put these figures in context, DRC is now home to the highest number of people facing food insecurity anywhere on the planet. 

As the second largest aid provider to the DRC, any cut to the UK aid budget will be a hammer blow to a country now facing multiple crises. But if the reports of a 60 percent cut are to be believed, this could mean entire communities lose access to life-saving humanitarian aid. The human cost of this decision would be devastating.

We implore the UK Government to rethink this disastrous decision. If Global Britain is to be a force for good in the world, it must not turn its back on the DRC. 

Signatories:

1 ACTED

2 Action Against Hunger

3 ActionAid DRC

4 Alima - The Alliance for International Medical Action

5 CAFOD - Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

6 CARE International

7 Concern Worldwide

8 Danish Refugee Council

9 IMA World Health

10 Magna

11 Mercy Corps

12 MSI Reproductive Choice

13 Norwegian Refugee Council

14 Première Urgence Internationale

15 Save the Children

16 Solidarités International

17 Tearfund

18 War Child UK, War Child Holland et War Child Canada

19 World Vision