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All parties to the conflict must pay greater attention to this problem of rape. Given the frequency of sexual attacks, rape has become commonplace. The individuals responsible act with impunity and are rarely punished. At the same time, very few victims file charges because they are afraid of reprisals.
Thierry Goffeau, MSF head of mission in Goma, on the high levels of sexual violence in Goma camps.
Photo: People queue for food distribution in Mugunga III camp. DRC 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF
DRC: High Levels of Sexual Violence in Goma Camps
People displaced by armed conflict around Goma are now suffering high levels of sexual violence in and around the camps where they have taken shelter.
Between December 3, 2012, and January 5, 2013, the MSF team working in Mugunga III camp, a few kilometers west of Goma, registered and treated 95 patients who were victims of sexual violence, with a notable increase in late December. MSF denounces the lack of action on the part of those responsible for protecting civilians and the poor security conditions in the Goma camps. 
“The camps and surrounding villages face a glaring lack of security,” said Thierry Goffeau, MSF head of mission in Goma. “The responsible authorities and the leaders of the various armed groups all claim—without exception—that they are defending the civilian populations. They must thus assume their responsibility and ensure that the most vulnerable are not subject to violence or reprisals.”

Photo: People queue for food distribution in Mugunga III camp. DRC 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF

DRC: High Levels of Sexual Violence in Goma Camps

People displaced by armed conflict around Goma are now suffering high levels of sexual violence in and around the camps where they have taken shelter.

Between December 3, 2012, and January 5, 2013, the MSF team working in Mugunga III camp, a few kilometers west of Goma, registered and treated 95 patients who were victims of sexual violence, with a notable increase in late December. MSF denounces the lack of action on the part of those responsible for protecting civilians and the poor security conditions in the Goma camps. 

“The camps and surrounding villages face a glaring lack of security,” said Thierry Goffeau, MSF head of mission in Goma. “The responsible authorities and the leaders of the various armed groups all claim—without exception—that they are defending the civilian populations. They must thus assume their responsibility and ensure that the most vulnerable are not subject to violence or reprisals.”

We would like to highlight the humanitarian situation in this remote territory, and to see more aid organizations coming or returning as the needs are high and the situation is unlikely to calm down in the near future. Masisi territory has nearly as many people as the city of Goma and the humanitarian needs there are at least as significant. However, there are many fewer organizations working there. After the last few weeks’ fighting, the MSF teams find themselves alone. The violence in Masisi is receiving less media attention, but it is just as critical.
MSF program manager, Amaury Grégoire, calls upon the international aid community for help in DRC.

MSF has supported the General Hospital in Masisi since 2007 and provides free primary and secondary care there. Between January and September 2012, MSF hospitalized more than 5,800 patients, performed 1,320 surgeries and admitted 462 malnourished children and 653 pregnant women. 

Photos: DRC 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF

Displaced Again: People Take Shelter in Camps After Fighting in Goma

People in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were thrown into yet another terrifying humanitarian crisis when a rebel group known as M23 marched on the city of Goma in North Kivu Province in mid November. In the fighting that ensued, hundreds were injured and thousands of civilians fled. Though M23 has ostensibly withdrawn from Goma, more than 100,000 people are still living in precarious conditions around the city.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which was already running several health care projects in the area, rapidly established additional emergency services, treating war-injured patients and assisting displaced people. MSF is now active in six camps, where teams are providing primary health care, screening and treating malnourished children and people suffering from cholera and other communicable diseases, vaccinating against measles, and offering support to survivors of sexual violence.

Photo: A man displaced by recent fighting around Goma in eastern DRC. DRC 2012 © Sven Torfinn
With Goma As A Flashpoint, Entire Eastern DRC Faces Critical Humanitarian Crisis
An already fragile humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has deteriorated further after the border city of Goma fell to the rebel group known as M23 last week, hundreds of people were injured, and thousands more were displaced from their homes.
Teams from MSF rapidly established additional emergency response activities in the area, treating victims of violence and providing assistance to newly displaced people in and around Goma.
Treating Victims of Violence
Since the end of last week, an MSF surgeon and anesthetist have been working in Virunga hospital in Goma, where 60 patients have been admitted with war-related injuries. They are performing approximately 10 surgical interventions per day. Eleven people have been discharged already.
“Health structures in Goma were not prepared to receive such a high number of wounded,” said MSF surgeon Jacky Bonnan. “Before MSF came to Virunga hospital, the hospital’s surgical team worked around the clock for 48 hours to stabilize patients despite a lack of resources. They did an amazing job.”
Although Goma is calm for the moment, fighting continues elsewhere in the province.  Medical teams at Masisi general hospital treated 21 people shot on Sunday during fierce fighting in and around the town; 7 patients required emergency surgery. In Mweso hospital, doctors treated 27 war wounded after fighting between the Congolese army and various armed militias.

Photo: A man displaced by recent fighting around Goma in eastern DRC. DRC 2012 © Sven Torfinn

With Goma As A Flashpoint, Entire Eastern DRC Faces Critical Humanitarian Crisis

An already fragile humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has deteriorated further after the border city of Goma fell to the rebel group known as M23 last week, hundreds of people were injured, and thousands more were displaced from their homes.

Teams from MSF rapidly established additional emergency response activities in the area, treating victims of violence and providing assistance to newly displaced people in and around Goma.

Treating Victims of Violence

Since the end of last week, an MSF surgeon and anesthetist have been working in Virunga hospital in Goma, where 60 patients have been admitted with war-related injuries. They are performing approximately 10 surgical interventions per day. Eleven people have been discharged already.

“Health structures in Goma were not prepared to receive such a high number of wounded,” said MSF surgeon Jacky Bonnan. “Before MSF came to Virunga hospital, the hospital’s surgical team worked around the clock for 48 hours to stabilize patients despite a lack of resources. They did an amazing job.”

Although Goma is calm for the moment, fighting continues elsewhere in the province.  Medical teams at Masisi general hospital treated 21 people shot on Sunday during fierce fighting in and around the town; 7 patients required emergency surgery. In Mweso hospital, doctors treated 27 war wounded after fighting between the Congolese army and various armed militias.

Photo: Refugees in Minova, where many people settled after fleeing violence near Kanyaruchinya camp. DRC 2012 © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF
DRC: Displaced Fleeing Goma Face Dire Conditions
In the face of a rebel advance on Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of people have emptied villages and displaced persons camps near the city and are desperate for assistance, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.
The Kanyaruchinya camp, where MSF once provided medical services, is now empty after approximately 60,000 people—many of whom were previously displaced—fled in panic. Many have reached the Mugunga III, Mugunga I, and Lac Vert camps, or have headed south to camps in Minova and Kirotche in neighboring South Kivu. Conditions in many camps are precarious and food is lacking. 
MSF is providing health services and has set up water and sanitation facilities in Lac Vert and Mugunga I camps, and medical teams report thousands of new arrivals since Sunday, with people desperate for assistance.

Photo: Refugees in Minova, where many people settled after fleeing violence near Kanyaruchinya camp. DRC 2012 © Juan Carlos Tomasi/MSF

DRC: Displaced Fleeing Goma Face Dire Conditions

In the face of a rebel advance on Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, tens of thousands of people have emptied villages and displaced persons camps near the city and are desperate for assistance, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

The Kanyaruchinya camp, where MSF once provided medical services, is now empty after approximately 60,000 people—many of whom were previously displaced—fled in panic. Many have reached the Mugunga III, Mugunga I, and Lac Vert camps, or have headed south to camps in Minova and Kirotche in neighboring South Kivu. Conditions in many camps are precarious and food is lacking. 

MSF is providing health services and has set up water and sanitation facilities in Lac Vert and Mugunga I camps, and medical teams report thousands of new arrivals since Sunday, with people desperate for assistance.