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Inter-ethnic violence between the Hema herders and Lendu farmers in Ituri province has displaced some 420,000

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Kigali: Mr Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, made the following remarks at a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York yesterday:

“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that increasing violence in eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to negatively affect the humanitarian situation, forcing people to flee their homes.

Inter-ethnic violence between the Hema herders and Lendu farmers in Ituri province has displaced some 420,000 people this year.

As of 20 July, the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan received only a little more than $345 million, representing 20 per cent of funding requirements.

Armed clashes in Ituri as well as in the neighbouring province of North Kivu have further prompted over 92,000 people to flee to Uganda since 1 January 2018.

Uganda hosts 37% of all DRC refugees and asylum seekers neighboring countries.

The Refugee Response Plan for the DRC refugees in Uganda seeks $220 million and is so far only 5% funded.” (End)


 

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