From the field - Violence and displacement on the rise in eastern DRC

Violence and displacement on the rise in eastern DRC - A family walks towards Goma, July 23 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/James Akena

Violence and displacement on the rise in eastern DRC - A family walks towards Goma, July 23 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/James Akena

Recent fighting in eastern DR Congo is intensifying and impacting thousands of civilians.

The levels of violence and the humanitarian situation prevailing in South Kivu are particularly worrying according to Franz Rauchenstein, head of the ICRC delegation in the DRC.

Mr. Rauchenstein explains that ethnic tensions are on the rise and that civilians in north and south Kivu are now routinely targeted by armed groups.

Health care facilites are also attacked and looted, a worrying development which compounds the suffering of the population. 

The ICRC in Goma and Bukavu is responding by supplying food, medical supplies and medicines. Teams are also vaccinating children in areas affected by the violence and evacutating the sick and wounded by helicopter.