And, to compare apples to apples, from the first link comes this information: "Of the $144 million the Europeans pledged on Monday, about $47.4 million will pay energy bills that the Palestinians owe Israeli companies, $75.9 million will be channeled through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees and $20.7 million is cash — direct budget support to help pay salaries."
So, $75.9 million goes for Palestinian refugees. But $16 million goes for Congolese displaced/refugees.
To put this in perspective, I checked out the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which claims that there were an estimated 4,283,892 Palestinian refugees as of June 2005.
According to the DR Congo article above, there are an estimated 420,000 refugees and 1.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), so roughly 2.1 million people who need assistance, or half of the number of Palestinian refugees.
So, my logic, I know, comparing apples to oranges, says that there should be at least $38 million made available to help the DR Congo refugees and IDPs, of which only $24 million was requested and $16 million secured.
Also, I can only imagine what feats might be accomplished if government salaries were subsidized in DR Congo.
x-posted to Adventures of a Retired Armchair Traveler