70,000 Displaced Persons In DR Congo Camp In Need Of Humanitarian Assistance

The IDPs, mainly women, children, and old people have been camped at the site for weeks.

Over 70,000 displaced DR Congo nationals who are currently camped at the Roe Displaced Persons Site in Djugu territory of Ituri, eastern DR Congo, are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, HumAngle can report.

The IDPs, mainly women, children, and old people have been camped at the site for weeks but are lacking basic needs such as food, water, mattresses, and bed sheets.

“With such a large number of civilians and very little resources, especially basic human needs such as food, water, beds, mattresses, bedsheets and electricity, life is really hellish in Roe,” a humanitarian volunteer said.

The site is perched on a hill and all the thousands of people housed there have been hoping for a return to their homes and their normal lives.

“A site for displaced persons is never an ideal place to live in. Food, water, medicine and all basic needs are a big challenge. Children, because of lack of space to play, mess around in the little place available and so the atmosphere is inhospitable,” another humanitarian volunteer at the centre told HumAngle.

HumAngle understands that several United Nations and non-governmental humanitarian organisations are present in Roe to assist the displaced persons but have access to limited resources.

“They can only do better if there are resources available to meet the basic humanitarian needs of the people living in Roe,” a local volunteer said.

Due to the precarious situation in Roe and in spite of the volatile security situation in Djugu, about 7,000 persons drawn from various families have decided to return to their homes, not minding the presence of the armed groups, rather than remain in Roe and die from hunger and need.

Others have opted to wait a little longer in the hope of some help from humanitarian agencies.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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