Congolese refugees population doubles

DRC refugeesFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE number people displaced internally by the
conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo has doubled to 3,9 million
in the past two years.
Some 428 000 of these having been displaced in the past three months alone while over the past year, some 100 000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees.
With widespread militia activities as well as unrest and violence fuelled
by ethnic and political conflict affecting many areas, the risk of further
displacement is high, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned.
“The challenges of getting aid to people in need are growing fast,” said
UNHCR spokesman, Adrian Edwards.
In the eastern province of Tanganyika, where some 584 000 people are
internally displaced, intercommunal conflict between the Twa and Luba
groups has spilled into neighboring Haut-Katanga province.
Further north in the east of DRC, violence involving mostly local armed
groups is also plaguing North and South Kivu provinces. In North Kivu
alone, over one million people are displaced.
Some 545 000 people are displaced in the South Kivu.
Meanwhile, in the Kasai region in central-southern DRC, 762 000 people are displaced. Over 27 000 have fled to Angola.
In total there are some 621 711 refugees from the DRC in more than eleven African countries.
Ironically, the number of refugees from neighboring countries seeking
refuge inside DRC has grown by a third since early 2016. The population
now stands at 526 000 people.
“We continue seeing new arrivals from Burundi, Central African Republic and South Sudan,” Edwards said.
– CAJ News

 

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