Vulnerable villagers caught in DRC crossfire

drc-forcesFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of villagers in the turbulent east of Democratic Republic of Congo are at the mercy of rival armed groups.
Lilungu in South Kivu, a region of few roads and dense forests, is the worst affected with its 170 000 inhabitants regularly forced to flee each time armed groups clash.
At least two rival armed groups claim the 6 500 square kilometer Lulingu as their territory.
They both fight the Congolese army, which has for the past 20 years struggled to liberate the region.
Armed groups and government forces have all been accused of committing serious abuses against civilians.
“The fighting swings back and forth like a pendulum, displacing local people from their homes and inflicting losses on them time and time again,” a spokesperson with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said.
He warned hunger was exacerbating the villagers’ woes as they depended on food they grew themselves.
Heightened fighting has made it impossible for some to farm while others who managed could no longer reach their fields to harvest.
MSF is providing psychological support to some 2 700 people displaced in the Luntukulu area where there is an impending nutrition crisis.

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