DRC a hell on earth as plagues persist

DRC-CARFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) –  THE Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is sinking in crisis by the day with half of its 26 provinces affected by
armed violence, ethnic conflict, diseases and natural disasters.
Africa’s most-affected country by internal displacement has seen a myriad of crises worsening over the past six months leading to 3,7 million people fleeing violence inside the country. This represents a 60 percent increase during the period last year.
Most of the victims have been displaced in the mayhem rocking the Kasai region in the centre of Africa’s second-biggest country by area.
DRC also hosts refugees from neighboring Burundi, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
Measles and cholera frequently break out while malaria is on the rise.
During the first six months of the year, over 38 000 cases of cholera,
measles and yellow fever have been recorded. Some 700 people have died, higher than the 32 000 cases and 670 deaths recorded during the last six months of 2016.
Malnutrition, induced by insecurity and population movement, has left
about 2 million children suffering.
A handful of aid organisations have withdrawn owing to violence. Medical staff have been killed and kidnapped while hospitals and clinics have been attacked and ransacked.
“The DRC crisis is a succession of acute shocks that have eroded the
dignity of millions of people.  The first six months of the year were no
different,” Alain Decoux, United Nations Office for Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs head in DRC, said.
The agency needs US$748 million (R10 billion) to assist victims but less
than a quarter of the funds have been secured.
CAJ News

 

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