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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Escalation in violence increases vulnerability of over 2 million IDPs

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 14 June 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Democratic Republic of the Congo: Escalation in violence increases vulnerability of over 2 million IDPs, 14 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fded3f52.html [accessed 16 September 2014]
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As of March 2012, the UN estimates that some 2 million people are currently living as IDPs in DRC, the highest figure since 2009.

Between April and May, clashes between the national army and various armed groups resulted in the displacement of over 200,000 people. As part of fighting between Congolese armed forces and renegade soldiers, villages have been repeatedly attacked, and many people, including women and children, have been the victims of murder, violence and looting.

IDPs in DRC have often been displaced multiple times, and while they often remain inaccessible to humanitarian organisations, due to issues of insecurity and bad roads, humanitarian organisations have also been hampered by the lack of financing. The 2012 DRC humanitarian Action Plan issued 6 months ago was only 42 per cent funded as of June 8.

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