Civilians forced to flee again in Goma, the DRC

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Displaced residents of Eastern DRC take refuge in outskirts of Goma UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The situation in Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the DRC, remains volatile and unpredictable, with thousands of displaced persons on the move in search of safety and security, according to Yvon Edoumou.

Mr. Edoumou of OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency in the DRC, says while the displacement is caused by on-going conflict in the region, people are more concerned with returning to normalcy.

“For people, they are not so much concerned about who is fighting who and who is combating who. What they are looking for is just to stay alive and for people to be able to just go about their business, so to speak – that their children can go to school, that they can tend to the farms, that they can continue with their income-generating activities – that is what's important to people.”

Fresh clashes in the eastern DRC between fighters with the rebel 23 March Movement (M23) and the national army have forced thousands of displaced men, women and children to flee again, adding to what United Nations agencies say is an already dire humanitarian situation.

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