DRC could "harm neighbours" if destabilized

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Peacekeepers serving with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on patrol. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has the potential to "harm itself and its neighbours" if it becomes destabilized; that's according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.

The DRC, as it's known, has one of the world's most protracted humanitarian crises.

Almost 8 million people have been impacted one way or another.

Andita Listyarini has more details.

The DRC is a vast country straddling central Africa, with a long history of humanitarian needs.

Rising insecurity in the east of the country has hampered delivery of aid.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator there, Mamadou Diallo told a meeting at UN Headquarters on Tuesday of the dangers posed by that insecurity.

“By its sheer size and its geographical location, Congo does have the potential, if it is destabilized, to not only harm itself but also to harm its neighbors. Congo has been the receiving end of all the ripples and all of the consequences of conflicts and displacements in its neighboring countries and it does have nine neighboring countries.”

The UN estimates that between July and September alone, 180,000 people fled their homes due to the worsening of "inter-community tensions."

In total some 1.9 million across the DRC are displaced and not living at home.

Andita Listyarini, United Nations.

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