Latest on the deteriorating situation in Eastern DR Congo
Latest developments (as of 2 December 08)
• More than 25,000 people have fled fighting in several villages south of Masisi town over the weekend (Kanyero, Kinigi, etc.); thousands have arrived in Masisi town and north to Nyabiondo and Loashi; acute risk of measles and diarrhea spreading and malnutrition rising; two weeks ago 183 cases of measles, 10% of children malnourished (after a screening); and 31% of children with diarrhea in Masisi town (after a screening); in spite of insecurity, measles vaccinations finished yesterday for 4,300 children; UNICEF calls for an immediate stop of fighting as children’s lives continue to be put at risk and basic rights violated.
• Distribution of hygiene kits (soap, jerry cans, etc.) by partner IRC to 45,000 displaced persons in Rubare/Kalengera to try and contain the spread of cholera started today; distrbutions to 95,000 displaced persons in Rutshuru/Kiwandja finished yesterday; UNICEF calls for stability so the population can remain in one area to use their kits thereby preventing the spread of cholera
• 85% of schools in Rutshuru territory still remain closed to around 150,000 students after the CNDP again declared that they would open yesterday; parents are afraid to send their children to school due to killings, disappearances, and forced recruitment in the area; UNICEF calls on all armed groups to create a safer environment so schools can reopen and children can peacefully resume their studies and be protected.
• Hundreds of emergency latrines and several village hygiene committees created in Tongo, Rubare, Kalengera, Bambu, etc. to try and curb the spread of cholera
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