July 14, 2024

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Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to find a durable solution for refugees

Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to find a durable solution for refugees

After touring the area, where he spoke to refugees and authorities and checked on the humanitarian situation, Lemarque insisted that there were no resources to care for the number of people who had left their homes due to violence by armed groups.

Under this scenario, he indicated that it was necessary to ensure security conditions in the communities so that the Congolese could gradually return, Radio Okapi reported.

The displaced people from the town of Boule, in Djugu territory, stressed that the re-establishment of state authority and a strong deployment of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the disarmament of the militias operating in the area, were essential since the moment they returned voluntarily and were victims of attacks.

The day before, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of MONUSCO, Bintou Keita, stressed to the Security Council that one of the most serious and complex humanitarian crises is developing in the country. And it is currently neglected.

He commented that the escalation of violence continues to cause large numbers of people to be displaced, exacerbating the precarious humanitarian situation, noting that there are currently about 7.3 million displaced people in the Congolese territory, 6.9 million of whom are in the eastern provinces alone.

He added that the 2024 Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on February 20, seeks to raise $2.6 billion, but as of mid-June it had barely reached 26 percent.

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