More than a million people have been forced to leave their homes due to violence that tear Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and make it one of the greatest displacement crises in the world, acording to the United Nations of children Fund (UNICEF).
“Hundreds of thousands of children lives and their families have been shattered by this brutal violence,” said UNICEF interim representative ,Tajudeen Oyewale, in DRC .
“A total of 1.4 million people, including 850,000 children, have been displaced. InJune, there are 60,000 estimated new IDPs.”
Most displaced persons, who often lost or left behind their personal effects, live in foster families or relatives in some of the poorest communities in the country.
Some displaced families have fled to the bush near their village and survive in improvised shacks.
These families are the most vulnerable and hardest to reach. They suffer from lack of food, water, adequate shelter, health care and sanitation services.
“We are facing a growing humanitarian crisis. With our partners, we are working in a climate of great insecurity to help these very vulnerable families, “Oyewale said.
UNICEF and its partners have implemented a cash assistance program for displaced persons who receive $ 100 per household to purchase basic necessities. To date, 11,225 households have benefited from this program.
Since the beginning of the year, UNICEF and its partners have been able to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to 157,490 people in the Kasai region.