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congo kin    Congo - Kinshasa   

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Kinshasa, DR Congo, the DROC, the DRC, or simply either Congo or the Congo, and formerly Zaire, is a country in Central Africa. It is, by area, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, the second-largest in all of Africa, and the 11th-largest in the world. Wikipedia

Capital: Kinshasa

Dialing code: +243

President: Felix Tshisekedi

Population: 86.79 million (2019) World Bank

Currency: Congolese franc

Official language: French

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The recent withdrawal of the NSAG M23 from the Mweso area and the reduction of harassment by armed groups have led to the return of over 61,000 people to their places of origin, including the territories of Masisi, Rutshuru, and Walikale in North Kivu, between 14 and 22 March. While this is a positive development, the returnees are in urgent need of essential household items, including food and financial resources. This report aims to shed light on the current situation and the urgent humanitarian needs of the returnees in North Kivu.

Situation in North Kivu Since the beginning of the clashes between the Congolese army and the M23 in March 2022, over 880,000 people have been displaced across the territories of Rutshuru, Nyiragongo, Masisi, Walikale, and Lubero. The displacement has resulted in a humanitarian crisis, with many families forced to flee their homes and leave behind their livelihoods, possessions, and communities. The situation has been worsened by the lack of humanitarian aid in the area, with only MSF and NGO ABCom providing assistance to the returnees.

Return of Displaced Persons The recent return of over 61,000 displaced persons to their places of origin in North Kivu is a positive development. However, the returnees are facing significant challenges as they try to rebuild their lives. Many have lost their homes and possessions, while others are struggling to access basic necessities such as food and water. Moreover, the lack of financial resources has made it difficult for them to resume their livelihoods.

Urgent Humanitarian Needs The returnees in North Kivu are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. They require essential household items such as food, shelter, water, and healthcare services. Furthermore, many families need financial support to enable them to rebuild their lives and restart their livelihoods. It is essential for humanitarian actors to respond quickly to these needs and provide adequate assistance to the returnees.

Conclusion The return of displaced persons to their places of origin in North Kivu is a positive development. However, the returnees are facing significant challenges, and urgent humanitarian assistance is needed. The lack of presence of humanitarian actors in the area, except for MSF and NGO ABCom, makes it imperative for other organizations to step up and provide the necessary assistance. It is critical to respond quickly and adequately to the urgent humanitarian needs of the returnees in North Kivu.

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Humanitarian Impact
  61,000
      Affected Persons
  879,999
        Displaced Persons

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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