Conflict displaces 500,000 people in DR Congo's Katanga Province

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A view of an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the DR Congo. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Approximately half a million people have been displaced by conflict in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to humanitarian organizations.

Government forces have been fighting with armed groups in the mineral-rich province since the beginning of the year.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has more.

"Humanitarian organizations reported that some 100,000 people have been newly displaced since the start of this year in Katanga Province, due to clashes between the Congolese army and armed groups. This brings the number of people currently displaced in Katanga to an estimated 500,000 people. Insecurity has also affected food production and access to markets, leaving over 80 per cent of displaced families food insecure." (28")

United Nations agencies are helping the people in need.

The World Food Programme reached nearly 70,000 displaced people with food while the World Health Organization and its partners have responded to about 3,500 cholera cases reported since January.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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