Senior UN official takes stock of response to DRC crisis

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Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

A senior United Nations humanitarian official is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to see what is being done to help hundreds of thousands of people in the eastern part of the country.

John Ging, Director of Operations for the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA), started a five-day mission to the country on Monday.

OCHA spokesperson in Geneva, Jens Laerke, says that Mr. Ging went to Goma the capital of North Kivu Province.

"The mission comes as the Congo is engulfed in a new wave of violence which has displaced thousands of people, including to neighbouring countries notably Uganda and Rwanda. In total, more than 2.4 million people are now internally displaced throughout DRC. There are over 800,000 IDPs, South Kivu which is home to the largest IDP population, while North Kivu has the highest number of new displacements, which is 340,000 since this April."

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Jens Laerke says the humanitarian community has been helping thousands of people with water, food, health care, protection, emergency and other relief services across the DR Congo, especially in the east.

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