The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s most complex and challenging yet forgotten crises. As of 30 June 2018, 781,697 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries.
From 1 January to 30 June 2018 alone, some 112,401 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Burundi and Zambia.
On 23 March 2018, UNHCR together with 30 humanitarian partners launched a Regional Refugee Response Plan for $504 million to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in neighboring countries.
Regional Highlights and Operational Context
■ A total of 781,697 Congolese refugees and asylum-seekers are being hosted in countries in Africa, that have generously maintained an open door policy in granting asylum to old and new population groups.
■ The security conditions in the DRC, especially in the eastern and central provinces, remains volatile with sporadic outbreaks of violence leading to displacement of civilians within the country, and across borders to neighboring countries. This has placed the DRC refugee population among the ten largest in the world.
■ As the end of June 2018, UNHCR received $35.2 million for the DRC situation, representing only 10 per cent of the total requirements for 2018.
■ The interagency Regional Refugee Response Plan for the DRC situation has received $41.6 million, as at 12 June 2018, representing only 8 per cent of the total requirements for 2018.
■ The DRC Humanitarian Pledging Conference was held in Geneva on 13 April 2018. Donors pledged USD $528.1 million. The total requirement is USD $ 1.7 billion.