Thousands of children escape violence in Eastern DRC seeking refuge in UgandaListen /
Thousands of Congolese children have fled the recent violence near the town of Kamango in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF.
The agency says over 37,000 children are seeking refuge on the Ugandan side of the border, where the humanitarian situation for the newly displaced refugees remains dire.
UNICEF says at least 122 children are listed as unaccompanied minors, separated from their families.
There are also reports of children killed or injured as a result of the recent clashes.
UNICEF is appealing for US $7.5 million to provide humanitarian support for Congolese refugee children in Uganda through to the end of the year.
Patrick McCormick is UNICEF’s spokesperson in Geneva.
"Many of the refugee children have recounted chaotic scenes of armed attacks in the middle of the night, causing widespread panic and individual family members to flee in different directions to avoid being killed. Some children were separated from their parents and siblings amidst the confusion, making their own way to the Ugandan border."
UNICEF is appealing to all parties in the conflict to ensure that children are protected against all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.