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06 Aug 2009 description

"I am very concerned about the humanitarian situation in eastern Congo," says Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation. "The abuses against civilians are continuing and several hundred thousand people have been displaced."

So far this year some 535 000 people have fled their homes in eastern Congo as a result of conflicts flaring up. These internally displaced persons receive assistance from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other actors. The total number of internally displaced persons in eastern DR Congo is now put at 1.8 million.