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.