Fleeing conflict (file photo): Since April, the deterioration of the security situation due to fighting between the national army and rebels has led to the displacement of thousands. Source: Amnesty International, UNHCR, P. Taggart
On Monday the United Nations Bureau for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expressed that it is deeply concerned by the consequences of recent fighting on thousands of families in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
OCHA said the fighting has affected the capacity of humanitarian organizations to deliver aid to the victims.
The events of the last two weeks have displaced an unknown number of people and disrupted their economic activities and also led to the committing of other crimes such as sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers as well as inter-community violence.
“The recent fighting has aggravated one of the most complex humanitarian crises in the world,” the statement added.
“I appeal to all parties taking part in the conflict to take precautions in order to avert any injuries and loss of lives of the civilian population, as well as attacks on non-military targets,” said Fidele Sarassoro, the humanitarian coordinator for DR Congo.
Source: BY XINHUA, 24 JULY 2012, for the New Times
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Vidéo: Mr. Fidèle Sarassoro, UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, visited Brussels recently to attend a number of EU meetings. We took the opportunity to ask him how he evaluates the humanitarian situation in the country and about the challenges that face humanitarian actors working in the field