People in Ituri province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been facing a new wave of violence in recent weeks. Continued attacks and violence are also forcing many aid organisations to reduce or suspend their activities. Some of them have gone public, warning about the considerable reduction of humanitarian access to crisis-affected people.
In total, 1.7 million Congolese are displaced in Ituri alone. The ongoing conflict has also dramatic consequences for the food security of people. The DRC has the highest number of food insecure people in the world: 27 million Congolese go hungry. And Ituri is one of the worst-affected provinces by the food crisis.
The number of reported security incidents in 2021, including increasing violations of international humanitarian law, surpass last year’s levels, despite the state of siege in the most-affected provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.
The Humanitarian Coordinator in the DRC decried that four brutal attacks on settlements of internally displaced persons have taken place in Ituri since 19 November, resulting in the death of many dozens of civilians.