DR Congo's Civilians Caught in Crossfire In The Kivus

Civilians have been caught up in fighting between armed groups around Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, which has forced thousands to flee, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres.

MSF said Goma has been surrounded by several front lines, "with between 600,000 and 1 million people displaced being crammed alongside the city's two million residents". The aid group said civilians have "no way out" due to the concentration of armed men in and around the densely populated camps.

"The camps for displaced persons must be respected by all parties to the conflict and fighting in the vicinity must stop"  MSF said in a statement.


The Shabindu site has been hosting displaced people since March 23. MSF has built dozens of latrines, distributed drinking water and carried out 4 distributions of essential goods. Primary health care, psychological care and care for victims of sexual violence are also provided

View of Bugeri site for displaced people in the Minova health zone, South Kivu province, in eastern DRC

Bugeri site for displaced people, Minova health zone, in the South Kivu province of eastern DRC. Inthe absence of sufficient humanitarian aid, displaced persons are building their shelters from branches and palms collected in the surrounding area.

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