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Humanitarian Crisis in Congo

The political instability in Democratic Republic of Congo continues to escalate with violations of international humanitarian law and human rights. Most alarming are the reports of Congolese security forces perpetrating violations and abuses in an absolute contradiction of international law and of upholding the responsibility of government to securing the wellbeing and peace of all its citizens. The proliferation of weapons and changing alliances have resulted in entire villages succumbing to the violence of the Congolese armed forces fighting other armed groups in the eastern part of the country.

The need for peaceful dialogue is more urgent than ever as the forced exile of numerous communities has intensified ethnic division and tensions. With little places to flee, internally displaced people are often confronted with angry local populations weary of attracting conflict and sharing already limited food and natural resources. This results in an intense environmental devastation of the surroundings as people on the move are forced to set up camp in fields and feed themselves and cook with whatever resources can be found.

It is the responsibility of the international community to facilitate the return of people to their lands through ensuring peaceful transit and the immediate replacement of government forces with peace keeping forces. We call on the government to work with local leaders and representatives of different religious and ethnic groups to reach peaceful agreements and delegate responsibilities and incentives. At the same time, emergency aid and food security must be met by international actors for years to come as villages restore their livelihood and can again produce enough food to sustain themselves. At the same time, emergency aid and food security must be met by international actors for years to come as villages restore their livelihood and can produce enough sustenance.

Health needs must be met by nonprofit organizations through the creation of health posts and mobile emergency aid services.