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Great Lakes Region: Humanitarian Snapshot (January - February 2018)

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Since the beginning of 2018, conflict and internal violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has intensified and spread, driving a deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the DRC and causing displacement to neighbouring countries in the Great Lakes region. More than 59,000 Congolese, 70 per cent of whom are women and children, crossed into Uganda from 1 January to 16 March 2018 in the wake of new violence in the Ituri and North Kivu regions of DRC. Meanwhile, at least 532 Congolese refugees in Angola were reportedly sent back to Kasai region in the DRC in February under unknown circumstances. In early March, some 2,600 Burundians, previously sheltered near Kamanyola in DRC, arrived in Rwanda through Bugarama border, reporting that they feared being forcibly extradited to Burundi.

There is a deepening food insecurity and nutrition crisis in the region, largely driven by conflict, with some 10.9 million people severely food insecure at the beginning of 2018 across the DRC,
Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania. Over 2.2 million children are estimated to be severely malnourished in the DRC and an estimated 70,000 children under age 5 require treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Burundi.

The region is battling simultaneous outbreaks of communicable diseases. At the end of 2017,
DRC was facing its worst cholera epidemic in 15 years. However, the number of reported cases declined in January and February 2018 compared to previous months. A new outbreak of cholera started on 12 February 2018 in Kwangwali refugee settlement in Uganda, mostly impacting newly arrived refugees from the DRC. Tanzania is also tackling cholera outbreaks in multiple locations.

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