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UN, EC Launch New Congo Appeal


The United Nations and the European Commission are appealing for $681 million to help millions of vulnerable people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Monday that the crisis in Congo is "immense" and affects nearly all of the country's 60 million inhabitants.

The U.N.'s top humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, says more than 1,200 people in the DRC die every day from malnutrition, disease, displacement, and the lingering effects of civil war.

The U.N. says life expectancy in Congo has dropped 10 years over the last decade.

The world body's DRC Action Plan includes more than 330 projects dealing with water, food, sanitation, health care and other needs.