April 13, 2024

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They ask for help for refugees in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

They ask for help for refugees in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

These men, women and children fled fighting in North Kivu province between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23), supported by the Rwandan army, to take refuge in Kalihi province.

Civil society called for an urgent humanitarian response, as these people live in 61 settlements spread across Minova, as well as in the homes of host families, while others occupy classrooms, churches, health facilities and some buildings under construction, according to Radio Okapi.

In addition to the unstable conditions, with enormous difficulties in obtaining drinking water, the situation prevents schools in that city from functioning properly.

The North Kivu Red Cross section distributed blankets and other kitchen items; However, the most important thing is to restore security conditions to facilitate the return of displaced people to their communities.

The United Nations representative in the country, Bintou Keita, said on March 27 that increasing violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is causing unprecedented internal displacement.

During the presentation of the organization's latest report to the Security Council on the situation in this nation, the envoy described the humanitarian situation resulting from periodic violence as catastrophic.

The official added that the context has deteriorated further since the December elections and the advancement and expansion of the M23 rebel group.

L/KMJ

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