“World leaders and public attention have failed to grasp that Congo’s wars have returned on an enormous scale. Armed men attack and abuse defenceless women and children every day, displacing millions.”
Alarm bells ring as violence by hundreds of armed groups worsens in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite 13 million people now needing emergency assistance, the aid response falls far from meeting even minimum lifesaving needs in worst affected areas.
“While it’s not easy to stop violence by hundreds of armed groups, it’s inexplicable and shameful that we aren’t providing the bare minimum assistance for the 4.5 million internally displaced people who’ve fled for their lives,” Secretary General of the Norwegian Refuge Council, Egeland said.
Only two months into 2018, and North Kivu province is returning as a hotspot in the crisis. A resurgence of inter-communal fighting and violent clashes between armed groups caused a dangerous spike in displacement in 2017. Some 1.2 million people are now displaced in the province – the highest number in any area in the country.