850,000 children displaced due to DRC violence: UN body


A total of 850,000 children have been displaced in Greater Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to clashes in the country, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Friday.

This makes the region one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children, UNICEF said in a statement, adding that children bore the brunt of extreme violence.

More than a million people have also been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the region, it said.

”The lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Greater Kasai have been turned upside down by this brutal violence,” Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF acting Representative in the DRC, said in the statement.

“A total of 1.4 million people, including 850,000 children, have been displaced, with at least 60,000 uprooted in the month of June alone,” Oyewale said.

UNICEF and its partners have implemented a cash assistance program for displaced people that provides households with $100 that can be used for basic necessities.

Kasai region has been hit with clashes since August 2016 when the leader of a militia group called Kamuina Nsapu was killed by police.

Since then the militia group has attacked the army, police and civilians leading to hundreds of death.

The Catholic Church in DRC said earlier that more than 3,000 people have died and over 1.3 million displaced during clashes in Kasai.

x

Check Also

Same issues as Pakistan marks 70 years of independence

Follow Anadolu Agency More than 200 million Pakistanis marked the 70th anniversary of independence on Monday with the country facing challenges ranging from terrorism to political scandal to border tensions with both India and Afghanistan. The day began with a 31-gun salute ...

Bosnia: 71 Srebrenica victims go on final journey

Follow Anadolu Agency The remains of 71 Srebrenica genocide victims were moved aboard a truck laden with flowers from the Bosnian city of Visoko on Sunday morning for their final journey to a cemetery in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina. The victims will be buried ...

Turkey focuses on win-win in Africa: Business leader

Follow Turkey’s attitude towards African countries is different from other countries’, as it focuses on a win-win policy, said the head of a leading South African business association. “I am very impressed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attitude towards Africa,” Danisa Baloyi, ...

Marawi City during happier times

Follow Intense fighting between government soldiers and the Maute Group has left Marawi City in ruins. Up to what extent, we do not know as clashes and air strikes continue on June 19, Day 28 of what has been referred to as ...

The Status of Muslim Women in Life

Follow I. INTRODUCTION The status of women in society is neither a new issue nor is it a fully settled one. The position of Islam on this issue has been among the subjects presented to the Western reader with the least objectivity. ...