Thousands flee violence in DR Congo

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A woman and her child look through the fence of a daycare centre in Kiwanja, a town in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

In Democratic Republic of Congo, clashes between the country's military and armed groups have forced tens of thousands of people to flee in the east of the country, the UN warned on Wednesday.

Violence in the province of North Kivu has affected civilians and aid organisations since late 2014.

In recent weeks the fighting has emptied five camps for displaced people, UN humanitarian agency OCHA said.

Here's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) province of North Kivu is home to nearly 800,000 internally displaced people.

Clashes between the country's military and armed groups have forced 35,000 people to flee in the last three weeks, while five sites for internally displaced people have been forcibly emptied.

While some of those who fled fighting have started to return, the situation remains volatile.

The UN's top humanitarian official in DRC, Mamadou Diallo, has also said that they are unable to get the help they need.

OCHA, the UN aid coordinating agency, stressed the importance of unhindered access to areas in need, while also expressing concern at threats to close camps for the displaced in North Kivu, where there are 53 displacement sites in all.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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