Decades of armed conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), political unrest and insecurity have resulted in a complex humanitarian crisis, with nearly 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). DRC’s status was recently elevated to a humanitarian system-wide emergency by the Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Accordingly, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been activated.
In light of the pressing needs to mobilise an ICT response on the ground, WFP is deploying an ETC coordinator, Ivan Thomas, to DRC.
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