Thank you for contacting me about famine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
I share your concerns about the prevailing humanitarian situation in DRC – one of the world’s poorest countries, with an estimated 66 million people living in absolute poverty. As you note, it is also the world’s largest food security crisis, with over 27 million people requiring food assistance.
The UK is one of the largest bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) donors to DRC and tackling severe food insecurity and malnutrition is one of the UK’s top priorities in country. UK ODA support is providing life-saving assistance to three million people and, diplomatically, ministers and officials are playing a leading role in raising the profile of the humanitarian crisis.
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