Thousands more uprooted by Congolese militancy

militantsFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC, (CAJ News) – THE incessant clashes between Armed Forces of Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and Kamuina Nsapu militia have displaced over 100 000 civilians since the beginning of the month.This has brought the toll of people displaced by the militancy, and the army’s heavy-handed response to it, to 1,27 million. This includes the 20 500 Congolese have fled to neighbouring Angola since the beginning of the year.At least 400 deaths have been recorded in the clashes dating back to August 2016 but it is feared the death toll is way higher due to lack of access to some areas beset by the bloodshed.Some 2 000 children have been recruited by Kamuina Nsapu militia, and many more are at high risk of recruitment by militia.Over 4 000 youngsters have been separated from their families due to conflict-induced displacement.Humanitarian groups reported displaced populations face food insecurity as food stock and animals have been looted and agricultural activities have been disrupted.Humanitarian access has been severely constrained due to conflict in the Central African country that has seen a resurgence of the Ebola virus.Vaccination programmes have been disrupted in the province of Kasai-Central where one in three health centres are no longer functional.Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) said clashes were expected to continue in the Kasai-Central, Kasai Oriental, Kasai, Lomami and Sankuru, region and further spread in the neighbouring provinces of Lualaba and Haut-Lomami, driving further displacement.“Conflict dynamics are evolving along ethnic lines, which could trigger new displacement.”

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