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Aid for the displaced begins as humanitarian crisis deepens in DR Congo

From: UNICEF
Length: 04:15

Over the last two months, more than 250,000 people have been forced to flee fighting between the Congolese army and a rebel group

Default-piece-image-2 Over the last two months, more than 250,000 people have been forced to flee fighting between the Congolese army and a rebel group ? nearly 100,000 of them in the last four days. A fragile cease-fire has allowed a handful of aid trucks to bring supplies to at least one camp, and humanitarian groups are performing rapid assessments in preparation for a massive aid response. At one site where 50,000 people sought refuge from the recent fighting, UNICEF and its partners were able to ship in water, a week?s worth of medical supplies and about 15,000 biscuits for children. According to UNICEF Communications Specialist Jaya Murthy in Goma, the distribution of food among the displaced nearly caused a riot. Many haven?t eaten for days.

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Over the last two months, more than 250,000 people have been forced to flee fighting between the Congolese army and a rebel group ? nearly 100,000 of them in the last four days. A fragile cease-fire has allowed a handful of aid trucks to bring supplies to at least one camp, and humanitarian groups are performing rapid assessments in preparation for a massive aid response. At one site where 50,000 people sought refuge from the recent fighting, UNICEF and its partners were able to ship in water, a week?s worth of medical supplies and about 15,000 biscuits for children. According to UNICEF Communications Specialist Jaya Murthy in Goma, the distribution of food among the displaced nearly caused a riot. Many haven?t eaten for days.