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DRC: Over 10,000 IDPs From Kwamouth Received In Mongata, Need Support

The Kwango civil society is pleading for urgent measures to provide the displaced persons with shelter, food, and other basic needs.

Over 10,000 displaced persons from Kwango in the Kwamouth territory of DR Congo were received in Mongata, situated between the provinces of Kinshasa and Kwango, between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 following ethnic clashes between the Teke and Yaka communities which have so far left 30 persons dead.

The information is contained in a report after investigations carried out by the Kwango civil society platform in collaboration with two local organisations: Community Engagement Against HIV/AIDS and Maltreatment of Children and the Development Programme for the Fight Against Infections.

All the IDPs do not have access to shelter and the Kwango civil society is pleading for urgent measures in favour of the displaced persons.

“We have also noticed the absence of assistance and foodstuff and other basic necessities for the displaced persons There is also the lack of reception centres for the displaced. We have also noticed the absence of humanitarian workers to assist the displaced persons,” declared Symphorien Kwengo, vice president of the Kwango civil society platform.

“We recommend that the central government should invest on emergency assistance to the displaced persons from Kwamouth in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kwango and Kwilu by offering them feeding centres in order to facilitate their social insertion. It is urgently necessary that the humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) organise a support and assistance mechanism for the displaced persons.”

A government delegation last week visited Kenge to engage with local authorities, traditional leaders, as well as civil society organisations. They also met the traditional authorities of Yaka in order to establish contact between their people based in Kwamouth and the government, which is seeking reconciliation between the Teke and Yaka who have been clashing for the past two months.

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