In the North-East of the country, more than 60 deads and 20,000 people fleeing are recorded. Aid activities for the most vulnerable population are at risk

 

 

The wave of violence that, in recent weeks, has hit different areas in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continues, causing thousands of families to flee their homes and forcing some humanitarian organisations to suspend their aid activities for the most vulnerable people. Since the second half of November, in the province of Ituri, in the North-East of the country, serious attacks occurred, in particular in the areas of Drodro and Tché, during which more than 60 civilians, including 9 children, were killed and more than 2,000 homes were destroyed. About 20,000 people are currently fleeing.

 

“The situation in the east of the country is very serious: the continuous attacks on civilians, often fueled by intra-community conflicts, cause continuous movements of extremely vulnerable people and families, in a period in which the country is already hit by one of the most serious crises of food insecurity in recent years”, Marcello Rossoni, INTERSOS Regional Director for Central and Eastern Africa, says about the situation.

 

During the clashes, INTERSOS, which has been active for years in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was forced to temporarily suspend activities in support of the vulnerable population in Ituri and South Kivu, and to facilitate the evacuation of some members of the field staff to ensure their safety. “We at INTERSOS, despite the difficulties given by the insecurity of the last few weeks, are trying to return to ensuring support and help on the front line in all areas where humanitarian access is very difficult and the safety conditions for our staff are minimal” Rossoni says.

 

Humanitarian needs in the country risk worsening even more: a further suspension of the activities of protection, food distribution and access to health services could make the living conditions of the approximately 1.5 million internally displaced people in Ituri alone, even more dramatic.