UN humanitarian chief visits displaced people in DR CongoListen /
The head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA), Valerie Amos, is continuing her mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where over two million people have been displaced by conflict.
Ms. Amos, who arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, on Monday, is discussing the humanitarian crisis in the eastern part of the country with senior government officials.
OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says the UN humanitarian chief met with the Prime Minister on Tuesday before heading to Goma where she will visit areas hosting internally displaced people.
"She has already expressed deep concern for the now 2.2 million internally displaced persons in the country and the impact of the crisis on civilians. In North Kivu alone, the provincial capital of which is Goma, about 220,000 people have had to leave their homes in recent weeks. She will proceed with the mission to Rwanda on Thursday to visit a camp there for Congolese refugees across the border. Some 54,000 people have now fled the Kivus to Rwanda and Uganda."
There have been reports of serious human rights violations, malnutrition, burning of schools, recruitment of child soldiers and rape in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.