Close to half a million displaced people in DR Congo need help

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Two boys watch out for rebels at Mugunga camp, west of Goma UNHCR/Christian Als

An appeal for almost $40 million has been launched by the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to help displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNHCR says that violence in the eastern part of the country has displaced about half a million Congolese civilians and forced others to cross into Uganda and Rwanda.

Fighting broke out in North Kivu province between government forces and the M23 rebel movement in April.

UNCHR spokesperson Melissa Fleming has described the humanitarian emergency in the DR Congo as "quite severe."

"To reflect this, we are launching a supplementary appeal for around $40 million to help almost half a million forcibly displaced Congolese in the east of their country and also in neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda where large numbers have recently fled. The fighting erupted in April and since then an estimated 390,000 people have been internally displaced and more than 60,000 have fled across the borders. The situation remains volatile."

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