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

Listen /

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″

Filed under Today's News.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...


  1. Migrant deaths increase globally in 2014
  2. Normalization of US-Cuba relations "heartily" welcomed by UN Chief
  3. Disaster-related deaths in Asia-Pacific rise three-fold in past decade
  4. Young working migrants resented in industrialized countries
  5. UN chief to visit Guinea and Liberia
  1. Daily News 18 December 2014
  2. "Different approach" needed to support Syrians
  3. Disaster-related deaths in Asia-Pacific rise three-fold in past decade
  4. Afghan women and children casualties rise in 2013
  5. This is a pivotal moment for Afghanistan, says UN Chief
  6. Return to "normal development agenda" in Afghanistan
  7. Afghan election "opportunity" to engage internationally
  8. Suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan condemned by UN
  9. UN envoy highlights international support to Afghanistan
  10. Senior UN officials condemn attack on journalists in Afghanistan
  11. Afghans urged to show patience and respect for electoral institutions and processes during polls: Ban
  12. UN human rights chief calls for action to end violence against women in Afghanistan
  13. "Significant progress" made in Afghanistan
  14. Envoy affirms UN support for women's participation in Afghanistan elections
  15. Attention needed on sustainable livelihoods in Afghanistan: UN envoy
  16. Afghanistan elections "true historic moment", says UN top envoy
  17. "Abhorrent" Afghanistan suicide bomb attack condemned by UN
  18. Security Council condemns deadly attack in Afghanistan
  19. UN envoy urges Afghans to vote in run-off poll
  20. Afghanistan reports progress and challenges in stamping out violence against women
  21. UN pays respect to four UN staff members killed in Afghanistan
  22. The 2014 elections are at the forefront of political life in Afghanistan: UN envoy
  23. Over 6,000 people flee from Pakistan to Afghanistan


December 2014
« Nov