Thousands Of DR Congo Refugees In ‘Critical’ Conditions In Congo Brazzaville

People who crossed the Congo river to escape intercommunal violence between Teke and Yaka people have ‘Practically nothing to eat’ according to a Catholic humanitarian organisation.

Over 2600 refugees who crossed the Congo river fleeing from violence in Mai-Ndombe province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are living under very precarious conditions, a Catholic humanitarian organisation says.

According to Caritas, the federation of Catholic organisations, 2,639 DR Congo nationals are sheltering in the  Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) escaping inter-communal violence between the Tekes and Yakas in Kwamouth. 

Since fleeing in August and September, they have been accommodated in the Ngabe sub prefecture in the Centre-east of the Republic of Congo.

“We can say they are living under very precarious conditions. There are many children of school age who are living in very poor conditions”, Alain Robert Moukouri, secretary general of Caritas Congo declared yesterday, Friday November 4, 2022, after an evaluation mission on the ground.

“There is also the food crisis situation. There is practically nothing to eat”, said Alain Robert Moukouri, underlining that Ngabe, which is habitually supplied from Brazzaville suffers from the fluctuation of prices in the markets of Brazzaville.

Mr. Robert Moukouri says the “food situation is very critical. As concerns health, the Ngabe health centre is not used to receiving so many people who cross over from the DR Congo during the rainy season”.

“There are no structures in terms of latrines. We have a high risk in terms of hydric illnesses”, the CARITAS official revealed, adding that he fears the situation may deteriorate in the coming days and weeks.

The conflict between the Tekes and Yakas in neighbouring DR Congo has already resulted in the deaths of more than 180 persons, according to the DR Congo government, and several thousands of displaced persons, according to the United Nations.

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