Displacement worsening in eastern DR Congo: IOM

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IOM staff guides displaced people during the distribution of non-food assistance at the Bulengo settlement

The displacement of people as a result of conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is worsening, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The agency says that it carried out an aerial reconnaissance mission in the area on Tuesday together with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

IOM Spokesperson, Jumbe Omari Jumbe says about 75,000 people have been recently displaced following renewed conflict in Kitchanga town, about 80 kilometres west of Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province.

"At least 80 people have been killed and more than 300 homes have been destroyed so far while thousands have fled. their homes in the town. Photographs taken during an aerial reconnaissance mission show an alarming increase of people fleeing the recent violence and settling in dismal conditions in the Congolese countryside. IOM estimates that 114 households have fled to Mweso, while others have taken refuge in the nearby areas of Kyahemba and Burungu." (31")

Jumbe Omari Jumbe says IOM is very concerned about the situation of thousands of civilians now fleeing the combat zones and is urgently seeking access to Kitchanga.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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