News / Africa

Congolese Civilians Suffer Atrocities at IDP camps in North Kivu

Humanitarian operations are hampered by continued violence

Kim Lewis

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says it is alarmed by recent reports that Congolese civilians are being tortured and killed by armed groups who are entering camps of internally displaced people, IDPs, in North Kivu province.

Congolese Civilians Suffer Atrocities at IDP camps in North Kivu
Congolese Civilians Suffer Atrocities at IDP camps in North Kivu

The report says since the last quarter of 2011 various militias have been intruding on camps located about 90 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital of Goma. The main camps affected include Nyanzale, Mweso and Birambizo in the Masisi territory.   Civilians are constantly being threatened by the militia, and are accused of collaborating with one armed group or another.

Celine Schmitt is a UNHCR spokesperson in Kinshasa, DRC.

“We’ve heard reports for example, in December last year, that seven internally displaced people were beaten to death because they had refused to take part in forced labor for one of the rebel groups in North Kivu.  We received reports of IDP’s being tortured and we are alarmed by this situation,” said Schmitt.

She said the violence is affecting humanitarian operations in the region and is preventing workers from assisting and protecting people at the camps.

“For example only eight of the IDP camps out of 31 are accessible to humanitarian workers without military escorts,” said Schmitt, who added workers too are at risk of being attacked because they are going to these areas.

The UNHCR has appealed to provincial authorities to increase security in the area.

“We are working in close cooperation with provincial authorities to make sure they secure the areas and ensure we can access them, and ensure IDP’s are protected,” said Schmitt.

Schmitt said authorities in North Kivu have police securing the camps, however there are only 40 police officers deployed to secure six of the 31 camps in the province. There are almost 79,000 displaced Congolese in North Kivu.

You May Like

At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served More

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities More

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

Downing of Malaysian airliner, allegations of cross-border shelling move information war in war-torn country to a new level More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
July 31, 2014 8:13 PM
The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Gazans in Shelled School Sought Shelter

Israel's air and ground assault against Hamas-led fighters in Gaza has forced many Palestinians to flee their homes, seeking safety. But safe places are hard to find, as VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jabaliya.
Video

Video Rapid Spread of Ebola in West Africa Prompts Global Alert

Across West Africa, health officials are struggling to keep up with what the World Health Organization describes as the worst ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed hundreds of people this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are watching the developments closely as they weigh what actions, if any, are needed to help contain the disease.
Video

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.
Video

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

AppleAndroid