The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) says at least 80,000 people have been displaced by fresh fighting in the Eastern part of the war torn country over the past month.
The mission spokesperson , Madnodje Mounoubai told a briefing yesterday that villages have been emptied of their populations because of fighting .
“Entire villages have been emptied of their populations. Many of those displaced, fearing violence from the belligerents, are believed to still be in the forests in inaccessible areas,” he said.
He stressed that humanitarian organizations were very concerned with the situation in the Ituri region of Orientale Province where the national army and the Front patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) – the Ituri Patriotic Front – have repeatedly clashed since August 22.
Over the past year the fighting with the M23 in the Goma region has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which already includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) driven from their homes in clashes with other rebel groups and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.