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Humanitarian crisis as 1.3 million people flee violence in DRC

Tax of Life Report

1.3 million people have been forced to flee the Kasai region of DRC since last August, after violence erupted when a local tribe leader, who was rebelling against the authority of President Joseph Kabila, was killed during clashes with security forces. Loyal militia, seeking to avenge his death, continue his battle to rid Kasai-Central of all state security forces.

In the surge of violence, the UN estimates that more than 3,500 people have been killed.

In the Kasai region, Christian Aid’s partners are supporting families who have fled their homes by providing shelter, food and protection.

The Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) has been working with religious leaders to issue peaceful statements and recommendation to the organisations engaged in conflict.

The presence of militia, ongoing fighting, lack of infrastructure and poor road conditions, however, all create perilous conditions for the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable families.

Our partners in DRC will continue to focus on the provision of food, water, sanitation and hygiene, while also encouraging social cohesion, peace-building and community-based psychosocial support.

A longer-term plan is to contribute to the recovery of the livelihoods of the most affected people and the re-build the basic services and facilities that have been destroyed by the conflict.

 

Seeking refuge in northern Angola

The violence has seen over 31,000 refugees, including unaccompanied children, fleeing to northern Angola since April this year.

While the government of Angola is yet to declare an emergency, local authorities have limited capacity to support the refugees.

There are serious humanitarian needs including poor sanitation, lack of shelter, food and non-food items -  such as blankets, cooking items and soap.

With 50,000 Congolese refugees expected to arrive in Angola before the end of the year (approximately 200-400 people each day), security of the asylum-seekers is becoming critical, as well as the basic standards and services to which they have access.

The ACT Alliance has launched an appeal to deliver emergency support to the refugees through our ACT Forum Angola.

Member organisations are not only supporting infrastructure development, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food security and shelter, but they are also promoting human rights in practice and responding to violations, providing child and community protection, and offering psychosocial and legal support.

We ask our supporters to keep the people of DRC, Angola and our staff and partners in their prayers at this time of crisis.

 

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