Thousands Congolese refugees homeless after camps closure

 Congolese refugees

Congolese refugees

from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 24 000 refugees in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have again been rendered homeless after authorities razed down some camps for internally displaced people (IDPs).

Three out of a total of 13 IDPs camps in the Tanganyika Province have been burnt to the ground.

In addition, two more camps are expected to be emptied in the coming days.

This is the latest setback to the thousands of residents that have been forced to flee their homes following months of ethnic tensions and an unresolved conflict between the Twa and Bantu/Luba groups.

Humanitarian groups raised concern at the closure of the camps and orders by authorities for the refugees to return to their places of origin.

“Conditions are not considered conducive for their return,” said a local spokesperson of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

A delegation of United Nations (UN) was expected in affected regions in the coming days.

The province of Tanganyika hosts overall around 580 000 IDPs, with around 190 000 in the provincial capital of Kalemie.

The DRC has in total around 4,5 million internally displaced, according to the UN.

Most have been displaced by clashes between rival ethnic groups as well conflict between rebel organisations in the Central African country.
– CAJ News

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