It's time to end the horrors of this man-made emergency: OCHA

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28 May 2013, North Kivu, DRC: UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Kyung-wha Kang, speaks with a child at the Sotraki camp outside Goma, in eastern DRC. During her visit Ms Kang called on combatants in the region to find an end to “the horrors of this man-made emergency.” Photo: OCHA

"The latest fighting on the outskirts of Goma shows how fragile the situation is in North Kivu." That's the assessment of Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang. It comes after meeting displaced people at Sotraki site near Goma in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

She said "The killing of civilians by shelling last week is unacceptable" and called on all parties engaged in armed conflict to fully respect International Humanitarian Law.

Ms. Kang said "The immense suffering of the people in North Kivu and other parts of the DRC where violence continues has gone on for too long. It is time to end the horrors of this man-made emergency".

She added that "the path to lasting peace will be long, but we must remain hopeful and courageous".

Some 3,000 people have sought refuge at the site since fighting broke out last week between the Congolese Army and the M23 armed movement.

Assistant Secretary-General Kang is on a four-day trip to the DRC. In Kinshasa, she held discussions with Government officials, NGOs and senior humanitarian officials on issues including the protection of civilians, a more enabling environment for humanitarian actors, and the continued and heightened need for large-scale humanitarian response.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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