140,000 displaced by fighting in Goma, DR Congo

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A child sits in a makeshift tent in Kanyaruchinya camp.

Over 140,000 people have been displaced in and around the town of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the capture of the town by the M23 rebel movement.

United Nations humanitarian agencies in the region say they have managed to resume assistance to the displaced persons, although security remains a major concern.

UN aid agencies, UNHCR, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are scaling up their operations in the region to provide the displaced with food, shelter and clean water.

UNICEF is reporting 21 cases of rape in the town of Minova which is situated to the west of Goma.

Jens Laerke is the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA.

"Humanitarian organizations are working around the clock to assist 140,000 IDPs located in some 12 sites in and around the town of Goma. One particular center the Don Bosco Center, the number of IDPs has increased significantly which has pushed the centre's capacity to the limit. Also IDPs from Sake in Masisi Territory continued to arrive over the weekend in IDP sites around Goma. The Kanyaruchinya site, which previously hosted 60,000 IDPs, remains completely empty. Care International has conducted sexual and gender based violence evaluations in the IDP camps and spontaneous settlement sites and will provide psychosocial and medical assistance to the survivors. Humanitarian organizations are continuing trucking water to IDP sites and provide water chlorination to 58 different points along Lake Kivu."

UNICEF says schooling in the region has also been severely disrupted as some of the displaced persons have taken refuge in local schools.

Patrick Maigua United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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