Democratic Republic of Congo

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what quantity of the Department for International Development's budget allocated to the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 12 months is used to support communities and people affected by the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army; and what element of this is used for rehabilitation of victims.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

13.5% of UK humanitarian assistance channelled through the UN Pooled Fund in Democratic Republic of Congo reaches those in areas affected by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). This amounts to £4 million over the past 12 months- 12% of our total humanitarian spend in this period.

Carried out by international NGOs, assistance includes medical and psychological rehabilitation of victims of sexual violence, education and psychological care for children affected by the conflict and protection of and assistance to children and adults who have defected or escaped from the LRA. It also includes treatment of malnutrition, access to shelter and safe water and healthcare for those who have fled from attacks. In addition, the UK helps to fund the UN Peacekeeping mission which seeks to protect civilians in areas affected by the LRA. DfID's funding helps to demobilise LRA fighters, and early warning systems which help to protect local people have been put in place.

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