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AFRICA | More than 800,000 Children Displaced in Democratic Congo

Featured Inter-ethnic armed conflicts has displaced more than 800,000 children in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Inter-ethnic armed conflicts has displaced more than 800,000 children in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kinshasa, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Inter-ethnic armed conflicts displaced more than 800,000 children in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), asserted the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) here today

UNICEF's deputy representative in the DRC, Tajudeen Oyewale, explained that the children are part of a large group of 1.3 million people who had to leave their homes during 2017, mainly in the regions of Tanganyika and South Kivu.

Children in eastern DR Congo continue to suffer devastating consequences as waves of violence destabilize the region, they have been left without access to medical care and education, while many have suffered atrocities at the hands of combatants, the official said.

Oyewale described the situation as 'brutal' for the children, adding that besides being forced to leave their homes, the children also suffer sexual abuse and recruitment.

According to the UN agency and its allies, more than 800 cases of sexual abuse have been identified, although it is believed that the true magnitude of this type of violence is much greater, and the data available indicate that the militias and armed groups recruited more than three thousand children last year.

Unicef ​​also indicated that there is a real possibility that thousands of children suffer malnutrition due to lack of food, while those two provinces have been hit in the last year by epidemics of cholera and measles.

The Fund offers its help to the Congolese, but called on the parties involved in the conflict to guarantee humanitarian access to reach those who urgently need help.

According to Oyewale, 65 million dollars are needed to respond, during the next six months, to the needs in these two regions of eastern Congo.

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