here has been an alarming increase in rebel attacks in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (DR Congo). The latest attacks took place in the surrounding areas of Beni town, where local aid workers supported by UK charity CAFOD, are responding to the needs of an estimated 40,000 people who have arrived in the town.
The Bishop of Beni Butembo, Mgr Melchoir Sikuli said: “Beni has been hit again with over 200 people killed by rebels who attacked the villages by the border of North Kivu and Ituri around the villages of Mabelenga, Ndalya, Idou, Ndimo. Massive numbers of displaced people can be found in the centre of Beni and Eringeti.”
CAFOD’s Country Representative Bernard Balibuno reports: “It is mainly women and children fleeing with fear in their eyes and all that they own strapped to their backs. People are now living in dire conditions, in the open air, without food, water, shelter and medical care are urgently needed, as well as essential daily items such as blankets, buckets, and cooking utensils