27 November 2012 - Imagine fleeing violence in your home city and settling in a camp for displaced citizens. If that fate isnít difficult enough, imagine the area around the camp then being seized by members of a rebel group, forcing you back, homeless, to your city of origin where there is no power and virtually no access to water. This scenario isnít a bad dream. Itís the reality being faced by residents who originally hail from Goma, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In the past week, a rebel group known as M23 seized Goma, and a handful of nearby towns and has threatened to escalate its activites. M23ís pursuits have long plagued eastern DRC, with rebel-related violence displacing some 650,000 people earlier this year between April and October. But recent events have been catastrophic in scale, with another 200,000 people displaced in the past ten days alone.
When violence erupts, Action Against HungerĎs first priority is to ensure the safety and welfare of our field staff, in addition to continuing our life-saving programmes where possible. While the current crisis is very much in flux, security concerns and travel restrictions place limits on many of our operations, but we are also hard at work assessing new needs and developing plans to respond as soon as the security climate allows it.
In recent months we have been providing emergency relief to more than 190,000 people displaced between DRCís North Kivu (of which Goma is provincial capital) and South Kivu provinces. There is a critical need to expand our emergency programmes from our bases in Shabunda, Minova and Bunyakiri in response to the influx of newly displaced populations Ė from emergency water, sanitation and hygiene activities to ensuring adequate supplies of ready-to-use therapeutic food products so we can manage malnutrition among the most vulnerable.
We need and profoundly appreciate your assistance in helping our teams respond to crises such as this. According to a UN Situation Report, only 57% of the funds requested by the humanitarian community for relief efforts in DRC in 2012 have been raised Ė and that was before this current crisis came to be. Please do stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks, outlining the specific nature of our response.
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