UN humanitarian agency assists displaced in DRC's Orientale province

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Displaced people north of Dungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Orientale province (© UNHCR/S.Schulman)

Ten people have been killed and more than 100,000 others are in urgent need of assistance after a month of escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) reported on Friday.

It says fighting between government forces and an armed group known as Forces de Résistance Patriotiques en Ituri had intensified earlier this month, displacing 60,000 people in Ituri district in Orientale province.

Jens Laerke is OCHA spokesperson in Geneva.

 "UN agencies are responding there. There has been sent, delivered, to the area 1.8 tons of medicine covering the needs of some 80,000 people; 80 tons of food have also been delivered to the area, but still we are unable to reach because of the insecurity the majority of those in need."

OCHA's Humanitarian Coordinator in Ituri has issued a statement denouncing the killing of the 10 civilians—three of them health workers—as unacceptable and unjustifiable.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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