Humanitarian situation in North Kivu in DR Congo "worrying": UN

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Displaced women sort beans in front of their shelter in Mugunga III camp, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UNHCR/F.Noy

The humanitarian situation in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been described by a United Nations spokesperson as "worrying".

The withdrawal of the M23 rebel group from the provincial capital Goma which it captured recently has continued and the Congolese army is deploying back to Sake, west of Goma.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Congolese authorities have also reportedly announced the re-opening of the airport in Goma and the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) and humanitarian partners are working to fly in urgently needed supplies.

"The humanitarian and protection situation remains, however, extremely worrying in North Kivu. The Mugunga III camp, which hosts some 30,000 internally displaced people, was violently looted by armed men during the night between 1 and 2 December. One non-governmental organization has treated 12 victims of rape, all of which occurred on the same night." (Duration: 24") 

Martin Nesirky says population movements have started to stabilize and some 130,000 people are sheltering in 12 sites in and around Goma.

He said that in South Kivu province MONUSCO is supporting Congolese military operations to counter armed group activity in Bunyakiri, Hombo and Kilembwe areas.

Duration: 1’24″

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