DR Congo – Children Dying Due To Poor Conditions In Kwilu Displacement Camp

Children are dying because of the poor conditions in camps holding people fleeing communal violence that began in Kwamouth this year, authorities say.

Poor sanitary conditions have killed two children in the past week in camps holding people fleeing from communal violence in Kwamouth, bringing the total death toll in the camps to 12, authorities in the Democratic Republic Of Congo say.

People fleeing from the inter-communal violence between Teke and Yaka communities that began in Kwamouth, Mai Ndombe province, have been housed in a camp in Bandundu since June this year.

Of the 1,850 displaced persons housed in the town, two adults and two children just died and their corpses have been placed in the hospital mortuary, the Director of Cabinet of the Kwilu Provincial Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Jeremie Bikele revealed in Bandundu on Nov 29.

“With these bad conditions, we have again recorded four cases of dead persons and the corpses are now in the mortuary. Their deaths are due to the bad conditions of displaced persons living in displacement sites and with benevolent families. We just recorded two adults and two children dead”, Jeremie Bikele declared.

No details about the causes of death, other than a link to poor conditions, was given.

With these four new deaths, the town of Bandundu has so far recorded a total of twelve deaths among the displaced persons from Kwamouth and Bagata since the beginning of the violence in Kwamouth.

The violence in Kwamouth has so far resulted in the deaths of over two hundred persons since June this year.

The violence has since extended to Bagata territory in Kwilu where over 40 people have been killed since September this year.

Several hundred houses have been destroyed and thousands of people have been displaced from their homes.

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