From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE militancy afflicting the Democratic Republic of Congo has sprouted in yet another province resulting in the displacement of more than 23 000 people.The emergence of the crisis in the central Kwilu Province brings the number of provinces in the DRC affected by the militancy to eight provinces. The Central African country has 26 provinces.The International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies said.Access to basic food and essential goods for internally displaced persons and local communities is severely affected by the impact of conflicts on markets.Significant epidemic risks are reported due to the collapse of the epidemiological surveillance system resulting from the flight of health workers to large cities.The militancy has extended from the Kasai region where radicals loyal to a tribal chief government forces killed have been on the rampage.Infighting has also beset the militia groups.In Kasai Province, some 17 000 inhabitants of the health areas of Mukwandjanga, Kamanyonga, Mao and Kabungu have moved in the direction of Tshikapa and in the bush, following clashes between two rival factions of the militia on the one hand and between the militia and a self-defense group formed on an ethnic basis.In addition, in the province of Lomami, nearly 4 000 displaced persons arrived in several waves in the town of Mwene-Ditu from Katshisungu. Delivery health services have ground to halt.In Central Kasai some 106 000 children have not benefited from the expanded immunization programme for 11 months.Distribution of pharmaceuticals has been suspended.
– CAJ News