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330,057 Internally Displaced Persons Live In DR Congo’s Tanganyika Province

Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of Congo is part of the zones of the former Katanga, with unending conflicts, including that between the Twa and Bantou ethnic groups.

The Democratic Republic of Congo provincial health division says 330,057 persons, representing ten per cent of the entire population of Tanganyika, are internally displaced persons.

According to the latest evaluation cycle, which was the seventh, 297,935 of the displaced persons, representing 90 per cent of the total, are housed by benevolent families, while a total of 3,528 (one per cent of the total) of the displaced persons live in five spontaneous sites in Tanganyika province.

 A further 28,594 internally displaced persons (nine per cent of the total) live in sites under the control of the International Migration Organisation (IMO).

Figures from the IMO indicate that 206,287 displaced persons in the past 24 months and 163,485 displaced persons within the past 18 months are present in 86 per cent of the provincial territory.

Sixty-one per cent of the displaced persons are women and children whose priority needs now are potable water, access to health facilities and access to habitation.

Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of Congo is part of the zones of the former Katanga, where insecurity reigns and several conflicts, including that between the Twa and Bantou ethnic groups, have resulted in the displacement of thousands of persons. Insecurity also persists in other zones of Tanganyika province, including Bendera and the northern part of Nyunzu territory.

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