March 12, 2008
Democratic Republic of Congo 2007 © Vanessa Vick
In the areas of Nyanzale and Rutshuru in North Kivu province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MSF teams are faced with recurring medical emergencies, including malnutrition, urgent surgical needs, and epidemics. Despite a ceasefire agreement signed in January by the government and armed groups, insecurity persists in this region, where the population is subject to violent attacks and must flee, often multiple times. Romain Gitenet, MSF head of mission in DRC, provides an update on MSF’s work there.
"The ceasefire agreement has not been fully implemented because armed groups remain active in the province. Some rebel groups continue to fight for their political demands or to maintain control over income-producing territories. Armed groups attack the population, stealing their resources and food.
Nothing has improved for people, who continue to flee the violence. The displaced persons often stay close to the area where they live because they continue to hope to return home. They might be two hours’ walk from home, but are attacked on the roads and in the fields. Rape victims are often attacked while working in or returning from the fields."
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