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Kwamouth crisis has forced almost 12,000 people from their homes

A bloody conflict between two communities in DR Congo is forcing thousands from their homes and into neighbouring provinces according to local government figures.

Violence between two communities in western DR Congo has pushed almost 12,000 from their homes, local officials say.

Since August, 11,901 displaced people escaping from communal violence between the Teke and Yaka tribal groups have arrived in Kwilu province from Kwamouth in the neighbouring province of  Mai-Ndombe.

Of this number, 2,949 displaced persons were registered in the town of Bandundu and 8,954 were recorded in Bagata territory, precisely in Wamba and Kwango Kasai sector.

The Director of Cabinet to the provincial Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Jeremie Bikele, who revealed this information, said that the provincial government has “put in a lot of effort in taking charge of the displaced persons” adding that “there is foodstuff and non-foodstuff assistance as well as financial means” to ensure the survival of the displaced persons.

The conflict between the Teke and Yaka ethnic communities has already resulted in the deaths of about eighty persons with several houses razed down and the reopening of schools compromised in parts of Mai-Ndombe province.

The inter-tribal conflict is the second in Mai-Ndombe province after the massacres of Yumbi people following the conflict between the Ntende and Nunu people in 2018 which led to the deaths of more than five hundred persons, according to United Nations estimates.

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