DRC: Multiple conflicts increase humanitarian needs
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has expanded its emergency medical programmes in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in response to increasing humanitarian needs in the region.
“We’re witnessing ongoing mass population movements across the provinces of North and
Last week, an MSF emergency intervention started in the unofficial Muganga I camp 20 km west of the provincial capital Goma, where around 17,500 people have spontaneously settled and are living in inhumane conditions. The current ratio of people to latrines is over 1,000 to 1, well above any acceptable level. MSF is working to improve water and sanitation facilities in the informal camp and provide free healthcare.
Another new project is providing emergency support to tens of thousands of people who have settled in the
In the Masisi district of North Kivu armed groups have increased their attacks on villages, targeting civilians. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee to other villages in the district. MSF mobile medical teams are visiting these areas to provide urgent assistance to the people displaced.
In the neighbouring
People who have managed to reach official camps represent a mere fraction of those actually displaced. Many more are hiding in the forests of the interior, cut off from medical care and difficult to reach. Others are living with Congolese host families, often strangers who share their food and living quarters with those on the run.