Tens of Thousands Flee Fighting in Eastern Congo in a Single Week | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Tens of Thousands Flee Fighting in Eastern Congo in a Single Week

The United Nations reported that thousands of people have fled from violence in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the last week. At least 8,200 people fled the country in the last week alone, most of them heading to neighboring Burundi.

"Thousands of children, women and men have abandoned their homes, in the midst of intensified military operations against Mai Mai armed groups in South Kivu province," Babar Baloch, spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday.

"Since last week almost 7,000 people have crossed to neighboring Burundi and an additional 1,200 to Tanzania," he added. Accurate figures did not exist for those also fleeing to Uganda, but the UN previously estimated that 330 Congolese per day have been fleeing Congo for Uganda for the last two months. An untold number are likely also internally displaced as a result of the fighting in South Kivu.

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