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“U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has issued an urgent plea to the international community to increase support for the desperately under-funded emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In his first official visit to Germany since becoming High Commissioner last June, Guterres said that the human cost of the conflict in some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – a country the size of Western Europe – continued to be much higher than in other emergencies.

“This conflict is taking more human lives than the tsunami; we have a tsunami in the Congo every six months,” Guterres said at a press conference Tuesday with the German Minister for Development Cooperation, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul.” [Read more]

See also:

“The war the world forgot”, Democratic Republic of Congo Photo Gallery

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