Refugees flee troubled CAR to lawless DRC

DRC refugeesFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE crisis-torn Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling under an influx of refugees from equally ungovernable Central African Republic.
Some 10 000 refugees have arrived since last week as the anarchy in the CAR deteriorates.
The new arrivals add to some 65 000 asylum seekers who arrived in DRC since mid-May 2017 and 103 000 registered refugees, who have come to DRC since the beginning of the crisis in CAR in 2013.
The latest refugees to arrive have sought safety where there are few humanitarian actors present.
The latest major population movement has been reported in the town of Yakoma in DRC’s northern province of Nord-Ubangi.
Limasa and Satema are also experiencing an influx.
They fled insecurity in the area around Bema in CAR.
Insufficient funds are impacting on humanitarian agencies’ response to the crisis.
So far, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has received 7 percent of the US$55 million (R727 million) it needs to assist the CAR refugees in DRC.
CAR is torn apart by bloody violence between Christian and Muslim extremists.
Coincidentally, DRC has its own escalating crisis.
The number of people in need of urgent humanitarian food assistance has increased to about 8 million.
This follows the raging conflict in the Kasai region, where militia enraged by the killing of a tribal leader last year are involved in clashes with security forces.
Some 1,4 million Congolese are displaced within the country.
More than 31 000 have fled to neighbouring Angola.
– CAJ News

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