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DR Congo: UN OCHA - IDPs are living in constant fear in Africa

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GENEVA, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) said Friday the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and local populations in Kanyabayonga, Rwindi, Kirumba and Mabenga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are living in constant fear due to insecurity, lootings, illegal barriers and abuses.

UN OCHA spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs said that departures towards north (Butembo, Lubero, Beni) have been observed following the deterioration of the security situation in the region north of Rutshuru and South Lubero. Due to insecurity, humanitarian access remains very difficult.

Qutiong UNHCR, UN OCHA said that 2,000 persons crossed the border into Uganda through Ishasha on Tuesday evening.

"With this new wave of refugees, UNHCR estimates that since the end of August, when fighting resumed, the total number of Congolese refugees in Uganda has risen to 14,500," said Byrs.

On 19 November, elements from the national army (FARDC) ransacked the Therapeutic Nutritional Centre at Kayna (South Lubero). They took pans, mattresses and other equipment. That centre normally accommodates 50 children suffering from severe malnutrition. Lootings continue to be reported in this area.

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has reported a 114.3 percent increase in the price of food commodities in Goma between 17 January, 2008 and November.

Difficulties experienced by traders supplying the city due to insecurity, desertion of fields by families and the deterioration of secondary roads service are cited as the main reason for the hike.

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