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UK announces additional £5 million support for DRC humanitarian crisis

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International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander today announced that the UK would provide an additional =A35 million in aid to help meet the needs of people affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Douglas Alexander said:

"I am deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis in North Kivu. Whilst we urge both sides to make the ceasefire permanent and ensure law and order is restored, we must remember the ordinary civilians who are once again suffering the most.

"That is why I am today announcing that DFID will provide a further =A35 million in aid to ensure people have food, water and shelter. We have a team in the country who are monitoring the situation and helping to coordinate the humanitarian response.

"All sides need to respect the rights of civilians and support the access, property and staff of humanitarian agencies who are seeking to help those in desperate need."