Taipei-- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that Taiwan has donated US$100,000 to international humanitarian agency CARE International, with the funds to be used to support people affected by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC and Iraq.
The donation, which is to CARE's Emergency Response Fund, reflects Taiwan's belief in human rights, the need to end gender-based violence and provision of global medical assistance, the ministry said.
The cooperation with CARE also allows Taiwan to work with an important international non-governmental organization to push for worldwide humanitarian relief, it said.
Existing partners of CARE include the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization, the United States Agency for International Development and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ.
Calling the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan its "new emergency partner," the foundation said the donation will be tasked to minimize risk of diseases and ensure the safety and dignity of the war-affected population.
Its mission in DRC and Iraq is urgent, CARE said.
Conflict in the Kasai region of DRC started in August 2016 during the violent uprising of local armed groups, it said, with refugees finding themselves hostage to various forms of violence.
More than 1.3 million people have been displaced by fighting in the region.
On the other hand, the upsurge in displaced people in both East and West Mosul, Iraq has greatly increased the need for life-saving support following the ongoing West Mosul offensive, according to the foundation.
With up to 10,000 people displaced every day and another 150,000 people believed to be trapped in an increasingly shrinking number of neighborhoods in the Old City of Mosul, a steady stream of families are in dire need of basic amenities, it said.
Founded in 1945, CARE is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian aid organizations focused on fighting global poverty.
According to CARE's 2015 annual report, it works in 95 countries, supports 890 projects and reaches over 65 million people in need.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel