Almost one million refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are currently being hosted in neighbouring countries, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said.
According to the UNHCR, over five million Congolese are internally displaced.
The situation was aggravated following the recent eruption of Mount Nyiragongo as well as the continuing violence in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.
“The High Commissioner for Refugees wants that the displaced persons should return to their homes within the shortest possible time. With the data we now have, their return would be facilitated,” Liz Kpam Ahua, the UNHCR Representative in the DR Congo, said.
Faced with catastrophes linked to human actions, notably the attacks by armed groups, killings and lootings in villages, the UNHCR has called on the international community to search for ways and means of restoring security and to always denounce situations which force thousands of persons to flee from their villages.
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