Humanitarian Bulletin Democratic Republic of the Congo, Issue 02, 01 July – 31 August 2012

Highlights

  • US$9.9 million allocated to boost humanitarian response in North Kivu

  • HAP 2012: mid-year review dominated by the North Kivu crisis

  • Violence in Katanga triples IDP numbers in six months, thousands out of reach

  • Majority of 2012 pooled funding has supported NGOs

North Kivu remains humanitarian “hotspot”

Current crisis has displaced over 220,000 and disrupted aid programmes Aid organizations estimate that over 220,000 people have fled their homes in North Kivu since April as a result of the current crisis. In spite of a lull in fighting between the M23 and the FARDC around late July, new rounds of fighting continued to be reported with other armed groups in July and August. The situation remains fluid with population movements reported every day, including significant numbers of returns to areas where violence has ceased and people feel safe enough to return to their homes. Humanitarian access continues to be constrained in a number of areas due to insecurity and poor roads.

Collecting reliable information is impeded by the prevailing insecurity.

As of 25 July, humanitarian partners estimated that North Kivu housed 656,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), a slight drop from the 679,000 reported on 30 June.
The majority of current IDPs – an estimated 80 per cent – continue to live with host families who themselves may require humanitarian assistance.

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