From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE living conditions in the conflict-torn Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has deteriorated dramatically with more than 400 schools destroyed and over 200 health centres devastated.
This exacerbates a situation already made unbearable by the serious human rights violations and abuses perpetrated in the Kasais by different parties to the conflict.
The terror has been against 282 victims, including 113 women and 68 children.
The conflict in the Kasai started in August 2016 following the death of the traditional chief, Kamuina Nsapu, during an attack between his militia and the Congolese security forces. It has grown exponentially.
In the aftermath of the attack, the conflict which started in Dibaya territory of the Kasai Central Province, now affects five provinces in the Kasai region namely – Kasai, Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental, Lomami and Sankuru provinces.
The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs Coordination (OCHA) has reported that 2,44 million people are affected. Hunger is also worsening.
“Education and medical care have practically become non-existent in large areas of the Kasaï region and living conditions have deteriorated dramatically,” said a spokesperson.
Recently, at the one-year anniversary of the death of Nsapu, the Congolese Armed Forced declared 90 percent of the Grand Kasai region was under its control.
However, the situation remains volatile. Thousands have fled to neighbouring countries.
– CAJ News