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Democratic Republic of the Congo: civilians caught in crossfire in North and South Kivu

Fighting has also resumed in Kibirizi, a host and transit city for thousands of displaced people located at the crossroads of several strategic axes of North Kivu. In May, violence broke out in populated areas, both in cities and nearby countryside, leading to the destruction of vital infrastructure and resources, as well as an exodus of people newly displaced by fighting.

The number of cases of sexual violence has also skyrocketed: the number of survivors of sexual violence treated in MSF-supported health centers in Kibirizi and further south, in the Bambo health zone, has increased five-fold.

With hostilities on a new front line intensifying since February, the exchange of fire and artillery also regularly affects civilians living in and around the town of Minova in South Kivu, where almost 200,000 people have taken refuge. this year.

How is MSF continuing to work in this context?

In North and South Kivu, our teams work in a volatile security context, with difficulties in moving and delivering humanitarian aid, and uncertain access to the health centers we support. Despite the medical and humanitarian nature of our response to this crisis, our staff have not been spared acts of intimidation by armed men.

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