Renewed Fighting In Eastern Congo

Congolese children displaced by fighting rest in open at camp in Uganda, July 13.

As fighting continued in late July between government forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations refugee agency expressed concern for the welfare of civilians in the area, including many who have fled to Uganda. “Access to the area is not possible for humanitarian agencies, and conditions of those who do not make it across to Uganda are unclear,” the spokesperson for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva. “It takes refugees from the Kamango area around 12 hours to walk to the Ugandan border.” Tens of thousands of refugees first began pouring into western Uganda after fighting erupted between Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan rebel group, and Congo national troops in Kamango on July 11. “Many refugees brought their animals with them…and are sleeping in their tents with their ducks and goats, increasing the risk of disease,” Edwards said.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

The news from Ireland and the United States reminds us of Herod, of Pharaoh. What culture betrays its children?
The EditorsMay 26, 2018
A woman religious casts her ballot May 25 in Dublin as Ireland holds a referendum on its law on abortion. Voters went to the polls May 25 to decide whether to liberalize the country's abortion laws. (CNS photo/Alex Fraser, Reuters)
The repeal of Ireland's Eighth Amendment, which guarantees the right to life of the unborn, is passing by a 2-1 margin with most of the votes counted.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies at a House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The Secretary of Education stirred up controversy when she said it was up to schools to decide if an undocumented student should be reported to authorities.
J.D. Long-GarcíaMay 25, 2018
Thousands gathered in Dublin May 12 to say "Love Both" and "Vote No" to abortion on demand. They were protesting abortion on demand in the forthcoming referendum May 25. (CNS photo/John McElroy)
“Priests and bishops get verbal abuse by being told, ‘How can you speak for women? You don’t know what it’s like!’”
America StaffMay 25, 2018