Thousands flee fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Woman and children who sought refuge in a school after fleeing fighting in DRC

Some 220,000 people have been newly displaced by increased fighting and insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says the affected area, North Kivu, has been marred by conflict and displacement for close to 20 years, says.

Over two million people are either internally displaced or have crossed into Uganda as a result of insecurity.

One of the most pressing concerns for OCHA, says Mr. Laerke, is gaining access.

“We do not have an exact overview where they are or what their conditions are. Why? Because of the on-going insecurity. We don't have access to go out to all the places where we want to go and ask people what they need and see for ourselves what their situation is.”

Authorities in Uganda have appealed for assistance to deal with the crisis.

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