DR Congo: Humanitarian Situation in Rutshuru and Nyiragongo Territories - Situation Report #8 (August 1-23, 2022)


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This report is produced by OCHA DRC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from August 1 to 23, 2022 until 4:00 p.m. (Goma time).


• Further displacement following continued fighting in Rutshuru territory

• Humanitarians continue to provide aid, but significant needs remain


Since early August, at least 20,000 new displaced people have arrived in Rubare and Rutshuru Centre, after fleeing fresh clashes between the Congolese army and the March 23 Movement (M23) armed group in several villages in Rutshuru territory.
These displaced people have settled in collective centers and with host families.

The armed clashes in the territory of Rutshuru also had an impact on the situation of protection of civilians, particularly in the groupements of Jomba, Busanza, Bweza, Rugari and Kisigari. Humanitarian partners recorded violations and abuses of rights against 1,608 civilians between May and July 2022, including massive looting of villages and fields. At least 156 civilians were killed between January and July.

About 210,000 people need humanitarian assistance in the territories of Rutshuru (170,000 displaced people and 10,335 returnees) and Nyiragongo (14,420 displaced people and 20,785 returnees). At least 62% of displaced people live with host families while 38% live in collective sites and centers (church, school, stadium, other collective places).

The Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Suzanna Tkalec, led an inter-agency mission (United Nations agencies, national and international NGOs as well as the local Red Cross) from August 17 to 19 in central Rutshuru and in certain localities along the Goma – Rutshuru. The purpose of this mission was to assess access constraints and inquire about the situation of displaced persons. Humanitarian partners continue to provide assistance to displaced populations, but huge needs remain.


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