DR Congo faces ‘disaster of extraordinary proportions’

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By Lorlornyofm February 20, 2018 22:02

DR Congo faces ‘disaster of extraordinary proportions’

The UN refugee agency is warning of a “humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions” in the south-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

The region, with a population of around three million, now has more than 630,000 people internally displaced, the refugee agency said.

Since January an upsurge in violent clashes between Congolese forces and militias has caused thousands to flee.

The UN, speaking with those who have fled, has recorded 800 “protection incidents” in the first two weeks of February alone, including killings, abductions, and rape.

The UN refugee agency received less than $1 a day in 2017 for its programmes for the internally displaced in DRC.

In 2018 it is appealing for $368.7m (£264m) for its operations in DRC, $80m of that for internally displaced.

Source:bbc

 

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By Lorlornyofm February 20, 2018 22:02
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