5,000 displaced people seek refuge in DR Congo

More than 5,000 displaced people have sought refuge in open spaces in Goma in DR Congo’s North Kivu province since fresh fighting broke out in the region 14 July between the Congolese Armed Forces (FARC ) and the M23 rebels.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which gave the figure Thursday, said plans were under way to transfer them to camps around the provincial capital (Goma) to facilitate the provision of assistance to them.

The newly-displaced people, according to the report of a monitoring mission, want to return home as soon as possible to prepare for the next crop season, and would need shelter, essential household items and food.

The civil protection services in the province have been supplying water to two of the Internally Displaced Persons (DPs) sites since 16 July, while an NGO has deployed a mobile clinic in a Goma neighborhood to provide primary health care for those displaced.

As at 25 June, 967,000 people have been displaced in the North Kivu Province.

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