Situation in eastern DR Congo is dire, says UN humanitarian chief

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Family member of FARDC soldiers seek refuge in the town of Goma, Nord Kivu province. (MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti)

The situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is dire, according to the United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos.

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator is in the country to see first hand the situation of people displaced by violent armed groups in that region.

According to the United Nations, there are about 270,000 people who have been displaced by increased insecurity in recent weeks in North Kivu.

On Wednesday Ms. Amos visited a camp for displaced people where she spoke to displaced families, saw the distribution of food and non-food household items and visited a health centre.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says that the UN humanitarian chief discussed with the Vice-Governor of North Kivu the urgent need for food, health care and shelter in displaced communities.

"She also met humanitarian groups to hear about the current situation, the relief efforts, and the remaining challenges. I can tell you that Ms Amos spoke also by telephone with the Secretary-General yesterday afternoon to share details about her visit. She told the Secretary-General that the situation in the region is dire and that she was there to highlight the concerns of the international community."

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Meanwhile, the UN Mission for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has condemned the recruitment of children by the armed group known as M23.


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