A recent surge in violence in eastern DRC has forced tens of thousands of people to flee to camps just outside Goma, the capital of North Kivu. In Kanyaruchinya camp an estimated 55,000 people fled the violence that has spread since the “M23” rebellion around Rutshuru in North Kivu. The majority of the 20,000 people in Mugunga 1 camp fled recent inter-ethnic clashes between the FDLR and Raia Mutomboki rebels in the southern Masisi region. Many people here say they have witnessed shocking scenes of violence, with people burned in their huts and decapitated. Life in the camps is grim. Oxfam and our partners are doing all we can to provide basic humanitarian assistance, including trucking in safe drinking water, building latrines and showers, and helping people buy food. See the photo story of the situation in the camps and Oxfam’s response.
Steven van Damme Posted in Conflict, DR Congo, Refugees/IDPs, Water/sanitation