DR Congo – Over 500 Displaced Persons In “Precarious” Conditions In Bagata Territory

Over 500 displaced persons fleeing communal violence in Kwamouth, including many unaccompanied children, taking refuge in Bagata territory are living under very precarious conditions, the administrator for Bagata territory has revealed.

In a statement Mr. Joseph Mankoto said the displaced persons are living on sites in Fatundu, Misay, Fasila and Fambondo. Among them are people from Kwamouth while there are also persons internally displaced in Bagata territory who have moved to other villages after attacks by rebels on their own villages.

Among the displaced persons are pregnant women and unaccompanied children, he said.

“We do not know the location of their parents or whether they have been killed. There are also very old people there who live under very miserable conditions”, Joseph Mankoto said on Nov 13.

The Bagata administrator is pleading for humanitarian assistance for the displaced persons notably access to health care, food and for the construction of tents to house the unfortunate people.

Three weeks ago, the provincial government provided assistance to the displaced persons. In Fatundu, 40,000 Congolese francs, (about eighty US dollars) were handed over to each household including foodstuff and other basic needs, by a central government delegation, while in Bandundu, 100 US dollars was given to each of the 500  households taking refuge there.

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