After more than a decade of strife, a fresh outbreak of fighting has now forced an additional 250,000
people from their homes since August, many of them already internally displaced.
The UN Refugee Agency which has had a base in Goma since 1994, is leading the response to the crisis. Emergency aid is being distributed to displaced people in sites located around Goma, the capital of North Kivu.
There are 135,000 displaced people in the six UNHCR-run camps near Goma but the number of displaced people continues to rise.The population of Kibati camp, located close to Goma, grew from 15,000 to some 65,000 people in the space of a few days.
Many of the displaced are being voluntarily transferred to safer camps such as the Mugunga III site. UNHCR and partners have cleared the ground and started building accommodation blocks and urgent infrastructure, including reception and shelter facilities, access roads and latrines. A
water distribution system is being built, with six standpipes now in operation to supply up to 10,000 people.
Many Congolese fleeing the fighting have headed towards Uganda looking for safety.To date around 30,000 Congolese have sought refuge in Uganda, 3,000 of which have already been transferred to Nakivale where the UN Refugee Agency maintains camps.
An urgent need
There are 16 UNHCR-assisted sites in North Kivu sheltering some 100,000 people, plus more than 40 makeshift encampments housing tens of thousands of civilians. Altogether, there are more than one million internally displaced people in North Kivu.
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