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Violence and uncertainty in eastern Congo
December 21, 2012 by The IRC
|Thousands of people displaced by recent fighting between rebels and the Congolese army have flocked to this makeshift camp on a hardened lava field on the outskirts of Goma. Africa's most active volcano, Nyiragongo, is just a few miles away. Photo: Sinziana Demian/IRC|
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo -
The International Rescue Committee is expanding its emergency response as uncertainty reigns in the violence-wracked North and South Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Negotiations between rebel forces and the government are stalled, and fears persist that the insurgents will once again capture North Kivu’s provincial capital, Goma, and then continue south. There have been reports of rebels in and around the city, as well as several armed groups in and around camps on the outskirts, threatening the safety of tens of thousands of people uprooted by recent fighting.
“There have been numerous attacks in the camps in the last few weeks,” says Aisha Bain, the IRC’s emergency team leader in Congo. “This sharp increase in military presence raises great concerns for the security of displaced people as well as local communities.”
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