Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 February 2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Notable rise in violations against civilians

 

 


 

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Notable rise in violations against civilians

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) February 28, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

 

On the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that there has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu.  And this has led to new population displacement.

 

OCHA adds that attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are targeting entire villages and health centres, as well as individual Congolese citizens.

 

Meanwhile, aid agencies say they need military protection and are working to find ways to get to remote populations that can only be accessed by helicopter.  Despite these constraints, aid is reaching some people, OCHA says. Over the past week, for example, the World Food Programme (WFP) was able to distribute food to more than 32,000 displaced people.

 

OCHA also notes that work is ongoing to improve the airstrip in the north-eastern city of Doruma to facilitate arrivals of humanitarian air flights.

 

WFP also says it is preparing an emergency operation targeting 142,000 people who were driven from their homes or lost their crops and possessions as a result of the attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

 

In related news, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Hilde Johnson, is currently in the eastern DRC, where she called today for the release of all children currently associated with armed groups in the area. 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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