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Crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

July 2012

Christian Aid partners are working to help those most in need, after an estimated 500,000 people were displaced by fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The region of North Kivu, which has been ravaged by battles between army and rebel groups for much of the past two decades, has seen a serious escalation in fighting, forcing many civilians from their homes.

In April, a group of former rebel soldiers loyal to the Congolese general Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on suspicion of committing war crimes, mutinied from the Congolese army.

Since then the group, known as M23, has seized control of several strategic towns and by early July, had advanced to within 40 km of the city of Goma.

Many civilians fleeing the fighting were forced to leave their homes without food or belongings and remain in a precarious situation. The relief effort has been hampered by ongoing fighting and the constant movement of civilians fleeing the M23 advance.

Working in partnership with the Baptist Church and Platforme des Institutions et Associations de Microfinance (PIAMF), which are rooted in many of the affected communities, Christian Aid is beginning to distribute cash to approximately 1,300 families in greatest need, allowing them to buy food and other key items when they are able to settle.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are poised to increase our response, when the situation allows it.

Christian Aid’s advocacy work on the Democratic Republic of Congo presses for a regional and non-military solution to the country’s instability, aiming to lay the foundations for long-term peace.


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