Armed groups blamed for undermining humanitarian aid to East DRC

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Armed groups in eastern DRC have been denying international charities easy access  to conflict-affected people living in the areas they control, Emmanuel Kabengele of the National network for security sector reform, said on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In an interview with PANA, he said the humanitarian situation in that part of DRC was ‘disastrous’, deploring the poor response to the situation.

In spite the efforts underway to try and ease the sufferings of the affected populations, the situation is still very serious given the scale of the crisis, Mr. Kabengele said, pointing out the urgent need not only to intensify the actions but also to further coordinate the humanitarian aid.

He also stressed the need to address the security issues in that part of DRC for good.

Eastern DRC has been plagued by recurrent armed conflicts over the years.

The recent violences involving M23 rebel fighters and DRC’s regular army triggered the displacement of thousands of persons, mainly women and children.
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25 january 2013 14:56:26




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