24,000 People Need Medical Care After Rebels Raze DR Congo Hospital

The rebel attack happened at Boga and it was carried out by ADF rebels, injuring several people in the attack.

Twenty-four thousand persons are in need of healthcare, while 31 persons have diedĀ  following an attack on Boga hospital on June 8, 2021 by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the French international humanitarian organisation Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), 26 children have since died, along with six women who passed during childbirth labour due to the absence of medical care.

The Boga hospital situated in the Irumu territory of Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo was on the night of June 7 and 8, 2021 razed down by ADF rebels causing 10 deaths.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said that about 80,000 people living in the Irumu territory where the Boga hospital is located have been deprived of health services since the incident.

MSF revealed that 70 per cent of the population of the zone have fled from their homes due to fighting between the Congolese national army and rebels of the ADF. About 5,200 of the people are seeking refuge in Bogoro village alone.

The situation of the displaced persons in Bogoro is complicated, according to MSF, because many of the displaced persons have no shelter and are deprived of food and safe and clean water.

Some of the displaced persons sleep in churches and schools under very deplorable conditions and without access to healthcare.

Earlier attacks on Boga and Tchabi in the night of 30 to 31 May, 2021 resulted in the deaths of at least 55 civilians and forced thousands of persons to flee to Gety, Rwampara and Bunia health zones.

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