DUBLIN, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Ireland will provide at least 5 million euros (6.16 million U.S. dollars) of humanitarian aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), said the Irish Foreign Ministry on Friday.
The aid will be announced at a United Nations pledging conference scheduled to be held in Geneva, said the ministry in a press release.
The DRC represents one of the world's largest humanitarian crises in terms of people in need, the statement said.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said: "A shocking 4.5 million Congolese are internally displaced today, the highest number on the African continent. A further 750,000 have sought protection in neighboring countries as a result of violence, food insecurity and widespread human rights violations and abuses."
Ireland is a long-standing humanitarian donor in the DRC and will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the Congolese people as part of the international response, added Coveney.
Ireland has provided over 21 million euros of humanitarian aid including the latest pledge of 5 million euros to the DRC since 2016. (1 euro = 1.23 U.S. dollars)