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Photo: The sign outside the health center in Pinga, where armed conflict has made provision of care difficult. DRC 2013 © MSF
DRC: Thousands Flee Violence in Pinga, North Kivu
Thousands of people have fled the town of Pinga in recent days amid a new wave of armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu Province, making it very difficult to ensure that they receive essential medical care. "Civilians are routinely exposed to this violence—this is the eighth time Pinga has changed hands since 2012," said Jan Peter Stellema, MSF’s operations manager in Goma. "A number of patients had to be transferred for emergency surgery to Goma, among them a 70-year-old woman shot in the arm."

Photo: The sign outside the health center in Pinga, where armed conflict has made provision of care difficult. DRC 2013 © MSF

DRC: Thousands Flee Violence in Pinga, North Kivu

Thousands of people have fled the town of Pinga in recent days amid a new wave of armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu Province, making it very difficult to ensure that they receive essential medical care. "Civilians are routinely exposed to this violence—this is the eighth time Pinga has changed hands since 2012," said Jan Peter Stellema, MSF’s operations manager in Goma. "A number of patients had to be transferred for emergency surgery to Goma, among them a 70-year-old woman shot in the arm."

Photo: A boy emerges from his home outside the town of Kitchanga in North Kivu Province. DRC 2009 © Michael Goldfarb
Thousands Flee as Violence Continues in Kitchanga, North Kivu
Arson and fighting that began last week is still ongoing in the town of Kitchanga in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu Province. Thousands of the town’s inhabitants—mostly women, children, and the elderly—have fled in fear, taking only their few belongings and their cattle. People who are unable to flee are seeking refuge in makeshift camps.
“The situation in the region is extremely volatile and dire as tension between communities escalates, with more shooting taking place this week in Kitchanga,” says Hugues Robert, head of mission for MSF in North Kivu Province.

Photo: A boy emerges from his home outside the town of Kitchanga in North Kivu Province. DRC 2009 © Michael Goldfarb

Thousands Flee as Violence Continues in Kitchanga, North Kivu

Arson and fighting that began last week is still ongoing in the town of Kitchanga in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu Province. Thousands of the town’s inhabitants—mostly women, children, and the elderly—have fled in fear, taking only their few belongings and their cattle. People who are unable to flee are seeking refuge in makeshift camps.

“The situation in the region is extremely volatile and dire as tension between communities escalates, with more shooting taking place this week in Kitchanga,” says Hugues Robert, head of mission for MSF in North Kivu Province.

Photo: Patients in South Kivu wait to receive measles vaccinations in a 2010 MSF mass immunization campaign. DRC 2010 © Haavar Karlsen.
65,000 Children Vaccinated Against Measles in DRC’s South Kivu
In the past month, MSF teams in the Bunyakiri region of Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province have vaccinated more than 65,000 children aged 6 months to 15 years against measles. The campaign had to be briefly suspended in the north of the region due to the volatile security situation in an area where several armed groups are present and fighting is frequent.

Photo: Patients in South Kivu wait to receive measles vaccinations in a 2010 MSF mass immunization campaign. DRC 2010 © Haavar Karlsen.

65,000 Children Vaccinated Against Measles in DRC’s South Kivu

In the past month, MSF teams in the Bunyakiri region of Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province have vaccinated more than 65,000 children aged 6 months to 15 years against measles. The campaign had to be briefly suspended in the north of the region due to the volatile security situation in an area where several armed groups are present and fighting is frequent.

Conflict’s Impact on the Population in Eastern DRC

The population of the Kivu provinces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo is fighting to survive, not only against the bullets flying in the latest peak of this long-running conflict but also against the vacuum of infrastructure and health resources.

Since April 2012, MSF has treated more than 200 people wounded during clashes between armed groups. Yet the number of patients admitted with bullet wounds or machete cuts only hints at the impact this conflict is having on the health and well-being of people in this troubled region.Photo: DRC 2012 © Emily Lynch/MSF

Conflict’s Impact on the Population in Eastern DRC

The population of the Kivu provinces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo is fighting to survive, not only against the bullets flying in the latest peak of this long-running conflict but also against the vacuum of infrastructure and health resources.

Since April 2012, MSF has treated more than 200 people wounded during clashes between armed groups. Yet the number of patients admitted with bullet wounds or machete cuts only hints at the impact this conflict is having on the health and well-being of people in this troubled region.

Photo: DRC 2012 © Emily Lynch/MSF

DRC: Civilians and Aid Workers Victims of Renewed Fighting in the Kivus

Civilians and aid workers are increasingly the targets of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where armed conflicts and large troop movements have recently intensified, and where security risks have made it increasingly difficult to continue to provide medical care, said the international medical humanitarian organization MSF on Wednesday.

National and international stabilization forces in DRC have never been more important, but MSF questions their effectiveness given the worsening situation.

“The situation is not stabilizing in Kivu,” said MSF program manager Dr. Marcela Allheimen. “It is deteriorating again, and has been deteriorating over the last several months. We are noticing renewed violence, but what is most alarming is the commonplace nature of violence on civilian populations and aid actors.”Read the whole MSF press release.Photo: DRC 2011 © Ben Milpas
Children at the Mweso hospital, where MSF is continuing to work despite the threat of continuing violence

DRC: Civilians and Aid Workers Victims of Renewed Fighting in the Kivus

Civilians and aid workers are increasingly the targets of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where armed conflicts and large troop movements have recently intensified, and where security risks have made it increasingly difficult to continue to provide medical care, said the international medical humanitarian organization MSF on Wednesday.

National and international stabilization forces in DRC have never been more important, but MSF questions their effectiveness given the worsening situation.

“The situation is not stabilizing in Kivu,” said MSF program manager Dr. Marcela Allheimen. “It is deteriorating again, and has been deteriorating over the last several months. We are noticing renewed violence, but what is most alarming is the commonplace nature of violence on civilian populations and aid actors.”

Read the whole MSF press release.

Photo: DRC 2011 © Ben Milpas
Children at the Mweso hospital, where MSF is continuing to work despite the threat of continuing violence