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'Massive abuses' in DR Congo

The humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has worsened drastically since fighting erupted in Bukavu earlier this month. The UN’s emergency relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland said 3.3m civilians were out of reach of aid agencies – the largest number of any conflict. Civilians were being targeted and the abuses are massive, he said. “The world has not understood how deep the crisis has become and what is at stake,” he said. “There has been a marked deterioration since Bukavu fell and it has been spreading,” he told Reuters news agency ahead of a UN Security Council debate on civilians in war zones later on Monday. “Access wise, it is even worse than Darfur in western Sudan, where aid groups recently were permitted to enter.” Full Story

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