Thursday, 24 Jan 2019

Humanitarian needs caused by conflict in the Congo have doubled over the last year


IllustrationIllustration -  According to the UN Security Council, the humanitarian needs caused by the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have doubled over the past year.

Speaking on Monday, UN Under-Secretary-General Mark Lokok said that 13 million people were affected by the internal conflict that seized the country and needed humanitarian assistance.

"More than 4.6 million children are acutely malnourished, including 2.2 million people suffering from severe forms of acute malnutrition," said Loukok.

"We are seeing fungal epidemics, including the worst outbreak of cholera after 15 years. There is also an epidemic of sexual violence, most of which are not reported and not affected, and most of them are against children. "

The struggle in the country of Central Africa is largely connected with the long-standing vote to replace President Joseph Kabila.

Although the elections were originally scheduled for November 2016, they were postponed until December 2018. But since then, the election commission said that the vote can not be held until April 2019.

Meanwhile, the political opposition is stepping up, and a report published by the UN on Monday says that last year during demonstration violence at least 47 people were killed.


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