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UN and partners call for nearly $24 million in emergency aid for the Congo's Pool region

18 July 2017 &#150 United Nations, the Republic of Congo’s Government and humanitarian partners today appealed for $23.7 million to aid Congolese in the area of southern Brazzaville known as &#8220the Pool&#8221, where fighting and insecurity has displaced one out of every three people.

&#8220The most pressing humanitarian needs are related to food security, nutrition, living conditions, and access to basic health services,&#8221 the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in the announcement.

People in the Pool are also vulnerable to attacks, threats, sexual violence, loss or family separation, OCHA said, stressing the need for protection.

The requested funding &#8211 which was made by national authorities, the UN and 16 aid partners &#8211 would provide emergency humanitarian aid to 138,000 people for the next six months.

Since the time that the violence began in April of last year, more than half of the families in the Pool are hungry, with up to 20 per cent of children under five acutely malnourished.

Access to health care, education and any market products is limited, OCHA said. Facilities for people who are displaced are &#8220virtually non-existent.&#8221


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