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UNICEF rushes aid to 50,000 people hit by upsurge in Congo conflict

UNICEF said Tuesday that it was providing urgently needed aid for 50,000 people caught up in an upsurge in fighting in Congo. The UN children’s agency said it had rushed food and clean drinking water to camps housing thousands of families have sought refuge from the fighting. It was working to improve sanitation and would start vaccinations to halt outbreaks of disease. UNICEF also said it was planning to launch education programs for youngsters in the camps. Tens of thousands of people have sought refuge near UN peacekeepers in northeastern Congo’s Ituri province following rising attacks in recent weeks. Raids by ethnic tribal fighters have grown routine in the region, as fighters loot and burn homes and kill civilians. Hundreds of women and girls have been abducted, said UNICEF. Full Story

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