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91 Gender-Based Violence Cases Reported Among CAR Refugees In DR Congo- Report

Despite the difficulties they face in camps, Central African Republic refugees in DR Congo are also in the centre of gender-based violence allegations.

A total of 91 cases of gender-based violence have been reported against Central African Republic refugees living in the provinces of North and South Ubangi, and Bas Uele of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to a just-published report by AIDES, a humanitarian organisation working among refugees in DR Congo, as of Friday, April 2, 2021.

AIDES is a partner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) giving psycho-social support and carrying out sensitisation on preventive and other measures to survivors of gender based violence.

Most of the Central African Republic refugees living in camps and with host families in the Democratic Republic of Congo face enormous difficulties including access to health services. Health centres in the zones where the refugees are based are faced with acute shortages or complete absence of medicines and adequate medical equipment, qualified health personnel and appropriate buildings to house the centres.

The regular rupture of stocks of essential drugs in most of the health zones housing new arrivals in the provinces of North and South Ubangi as well as Bas Uele has also been indicated.

On Thursday, March 30, 16 humanitarian partners officially launched an inter-agency plan for refugees coordinated by the UN High Commission for Refugees and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The plan has launched an appeal for 69 million US dollars to respond to the vital needs of the 92,000 refugees who recently arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo from the Central African Republic as well as 100,000 members of the host communities.

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