According to the United Nations children fund, 90,000 children have been forced to flee their homes due to escalating violence In the DRC.
The ethnic violence in the province of Ituri Djugu has seen an estimated 66,000 children displaced internally and has sent another 25,000 seeking refuge in neighbouring Uganda, according to the UN.
Violent disputes between the Hema and lendu ethnic groups over cattle and grazing issues started in December of last year. The conflict between the two groups has intensified in the last two months after decades of peace.
According to UNICEF, more than 70 villages have been burned down, Christophe Boulierac says of UNICEF says more than 76 people have been shot dead, majority Women and children.
VOA is reporting that at least three health centres and seven schools have been pillaged or set on fire. This has led to the disruption of school to more than 30,000 children.
UNICEF is calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict and warns if not resolved thousands of children risk falling ill from diarrhoea, cholera and other diseases. This is due to bad weather, lack of food and safe water.
On the 20th of February 2018, the United Nation warned of a looming humanitarian crisis of extraordinary proportions. This was due to the rise of violence and mass displacement.
The displacement due to violence has triggered massive human rights abuses in the Tanganyika province, an area that is home to more than three million people. To add-on to that clashes between armed forces and militias have continued since January this year.
According to the United Nations, throughout 2017, more than 12,000 human rights violations were reported in Tanganyika and the nearby area Haut Katanga.
The latest figures indicate that the number of people who fled for there lives to nearby provincial areas nearly doubled between 2016 and 2017. It rose from 370,000 to 630,000 at the end of last year
“People fleeing for their lives near the provincial capital Kalemie share stories of horrific violence during attacks against their villages, including killings, abductions and rape,”Andrej Mahecic.
The Ethnic fighting and tensions between the government and militias have led many to flee Congo to neighbouring countries like Uganda and Zambia.