Humanitarian situation in DR Congo is "dire": UN official

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John Ging

The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is dire with more than two million internally displaced people, or IDPs.

That's according to John Ging, the Director of Operations for the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA), who has just returned from the country.

Mr. Ging who was accompanied by senior officials from the United Kingdom and the United States, visited North and South Kivu provinces to assess the ongoing humanitarian crisis there.

He says the violence by the M23 and more than a dozen other armed rebel groups has triggered what he calls "massive humanitarian needs" in eastern DR Congo.

"The fact that we now have over 2.4 million IDPs in DRC, including more than 1.6 million in the Kivus, is a very bleak illustration of the dire humanitarian situation the country is facing. As armed groups proliferate in the Kivus it's the people who suffer. Men are massacred, women are raped and children forcibly recruited while villages are looted and destroyed. Yet amid all of this suffering, I was deeply humbled by the dignity and resilience of the Congolese people who continue to try to cope with these appalling circumstances."

(Duration: 29")

Mr. Ging says that funds are urgently needed to help bring lifesaving aid to the strife-torn eastern DR Congo.

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