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DR Congo: UNICEF warns of the dangers of outbreak of disease among displaced

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The UN children's agency-UNICEF on Friday warned that the effects of the recurrent displacements in the Democratic Republic of Congo are devastating for children and for women.

UNICEF says under such conditions, there is always the risk of cholera and measles outbreak, and increased cases of malnutrition among children.

The agency says if there's no reprieve in the fighting and displacements, the consequences will be life-threatening for the children and their families.

Meanwhile, in In Goma, UNICEF Spokesman Jaya Murthy says the agency is "really concerned about an epidemic of cholera and measles."

He says the office is waiting for a consignment of sanitary and water treatment material as well as pumps sent by UNICEF in Rwanda.

According to Murthy, UNICEF would distribute medicine and high-protein biscuits to around 24,000 people at Kibati camp in north Goma, amid fears of an increase in malnutrition.

He says the biscuits will only feed about 6,000 children, while in the camps, churches and schools there are between 40,000 and 50,000 displaced people gathered in Goma and Kibati.

This is Donn Bobb reporting for United Nations Radio.