Congo: Displaced Persons Need Urgent Support

With high levels of violence and displacement, the humanitarian crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has escalated dramatically in 2023.

Development Diaries reports that the DRC has been grappling with a protracted displacement crisis marked by widespread internal displacement, refugees, and a complex web of factors.

The displacement situation in the DRC is the most complex and long-standing humanitarian crisis in Africa and the fourth largest internally displaced persons (IDP) crisis in the world, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The UNHCR says more than 6.2 million people are displaced within the country, and more than one million Congolese have sought asylum, mostly within Africa.

Amid the overwhelming humanitarian situation, there has been limited access to aid as people’s needs continue to be unmet.

The DRC has experienced persistent armed conflict, particularly in its eastern regions, involving multiple armed groups and government forces. The conflict is fueled by competition over control of valuable natural resources, including minerals and land.

This violence has resulted in the forced displacement of communities as civilians are caught in the crossfire or become direct targets of armed groups.

According to findings by Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), the already fragile hygiene conditions in South Kivu, notably around Minova and the surrounding villages, have led to an increase in cases of cholera.

In addition, those in need of continuous medical care were moved south when North Kivu’s health facilities were forced to close owing to instability.

The crisis gripping the DRC demands urgent and united international collaboration, which is essential to support the country in building a stable and secure environment that allows its citizens to rebuild their lives and communities.

Development Diaries calls on the government of the DRC to focus efforts on conflict resolution, protection of human rights, and sustainable development to create conditions for the safe return of displaced populations.

Photo source: MSF


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