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UNICEF denounces the death of at least 14 children in an attack in a refugee camp in DRC

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UNICEF denounces the death of at least 14 children in an attack in a refugee camp in DRC

MADRID, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –

At least 14 children, including five girls, have died in an attack attributed to militiamen registered against a camp for displaced persons in the province of Ituri, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as reported by the Fund for United Nations for Children (UNICEF).

This is the latest episode of violence in this province, in which at least 26 people died in total. In addition, another 56 children, including 32 girls, have been separated from their fathers, mothers or caregivers due to the attack, which took place last Sunday night in the village of Drodro and has been attributed to armed rebels.

UNICEF fears that the number of children injured, abducted or separated could continue to rise until security and access to the area improve.

An estimated 50,000 people who were already displaced, including 27,000 children, have been forced to flee the camps to the city of Roe. In this context, concerns about the Congolese population’s lack of access to water, food and shelter are increasing.

UNICEF, which has called for the prevention and prosecution of this type of abuse, has described this latest episode as “terrifying” violence, part of a series of attacks against civilians in the area. A similar attack recently took place in the nearby Djugu region.

“Sunday’s attack was just the latest terrifying incident for children and their families in eastern DRC,” said the UNICEF representative in the country, Edouard Beigbeder.

“Our top priority is to ensure that the children affected by this terrible incident have immediate access to basic support and services. Then we will need to provide long-term help to the communities affected by this violence, “he added.

More than three million children have been displaced in eastern DRC and many have been killed, injured or separated from their families amid the chaos. Attacks in the east of the country by fighters with machetes and heavy weapons have forced entire communities to flee.

According to UNICEF, it is highly unlikely that displaced people will be able to return to their homes, despite Congolese military operations to neutralize armed groups active in Ituri province.

UNICEF, which works to distribute essential items to displaced families in the DRC, “urgently” requests resources to help newly displaced people, most of them women and children, who have been subjected to serious human rights violations. , including rape, kidnapping and mutilation.

A UNICEF report released earlier this year called for an end to the conflict, which has caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, forcing 1.6 million people to leave their homes during the first six months of 2020 alone.

Ituri is one of the DRC provinces most affected by the violence, along with North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika. More than eight million people are acutely food insecure.

Currently, 57.5 million children are in need of humanitarian aid in West and Central Africa, almost double the number in 2020. The region encompasses serious humanitarian crises such as Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR) or the DRC, and also includes the central area of ​​the Sahel and the Lake Chad basin.

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MADRID, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –

At least 14 children, including five girls, have died in an attack attributed to militiamen registered against a camp for displaced persons in the province of Ituri, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as reported by the Fund for United Nations for Children (UNICEF).

This is the latest episode of violence in this province, in which at least 26 people died in total. In addition, another 56 children, including 32 girls, have been separated from their fathers, mothers or caregivers due to the attack, which took place last Sunday night in the village of Drodro and has been attributed to armed rebels.

UNICEF fears that the number of children injured, abducted or separated could continue to rise until security and access to the area improve.

An estimated 50,000 people who were already displaced, including 27,000 children, have been forced to flee the camps to the city of Roe. In this context, concerns about the Congolese population’s lack of access to water, food and shelter are increasing.

UNICEF, which has called for the prevention and prosecution of this type of abuse, has described this latest episode as “terrifying” violence, part of a series of attacks against civilians in the area. A similar attack recently took place in the nearby Djugu region.

“Sunday’s attack was just the latest terrifying incident for children and their families in eastern DRC,” said the UNICEF representative in the country, Edouard Beigbeder.

“Our top priority is to ensure that the children affected by this terrible incident have immediate access to basic support and services. Then we will need to provide long-term help to the communities affected by this violence, “he added.

More than three million children have been displaced in eastern DRC and many have been killed, injured or separated from their families amid the chaos. Attacks in the east of the country by fighters with machetes and heavy weapons have forced entire communities to flee.

According to UNICEF, it is highly unlikely that displaced people will be able to return to their homes, despite Congolese military operations to neutralize armed groups active in Ituri province.

UNICEF, which works to distribute essential items to displaced families in the DRC, “urgently” requests resources to help newly displaced people, most of them women and children, who have been subjected to serious human rights violations. , including rape, kidnapping and mutilation.

A UNICEF report released earlier this year called for an end to the conflict, which has caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, forcing 1.6 million people to leave their homes during the first six months of 2020 alone.

Ituri is one of the DRC provinces most affected by the violence, along with North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika. More than eight million people are acutely food insecure.

Currently, 57.5 million children are in need of humanitarian aid in West and Central Africa, almost double the number in 2020. The region encompasses serious humanitarian crises such as Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR) or the DRC, and also includes the central area of ​​the Sahel and the Lake Chad basin.

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