DRC: Millions displaced and at risk from stark rise in violence

Oct 11, 2017
397 Views
2 Comments

Kinshasa – Violence and repeated armed clashes in several provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are causing alarming levels of human suffering, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

The ICRC said it is particularly concerned about the seven million people in need of emergency assistance, more than half of whom have been displaced by violence.
“People have suffered unimaginable difficulties, including displacement, separation from family members, abuse, looting, injury or violent death,” Patricia Danzi, ICRC’s Africa director, said while on a visit to DRC this week.

“We call for the international community to mobilise and respond to the needs of millions of people hard-hit by violence and armed conflict,” she added.

The violence facing civilians in the DRC has been off the world’s radar for some time. Funding from donor governments has gradually decreased, leading DRC to be one of the most underfunded countries the ICRC works in.

“This week I met a displaced family who returned to their village, which has been burnt to embers, because they were too destitute to rebuild elsewhere. They live in desperate conditions, and it’s heartbreaking to see the many similar stories here. More needs to be done to help those in need,” she said.

Violence is particularly prevalent in North and South Kivu, and more recently in Kasai and Tanganyika. In 2016, the DRC had the world’s highest number of people forced to leave their homes – nearly one million — and move elsewhere in DRC because of violence – more than in Syria or Iraq.

2 Responses

October 2017
M T W T F S S
« Sep   Nov »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031