In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), more than 60,000 displaced people are fleeing camps to avoid bloodshed from rebel groups fighting in the country’s northeastern region. Already displaced with little or no resources, these people are escaping combat zones to find safety – traveling with little or no food, water or shelter.

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When you partner with Food for the Hungry, you’ll be helping our Emergency Response Unit to monitor these displaced people in our southern DRC and Rwandan fields and be ready to assist them.

Please pray with us for these Congoloese. Over the last few weeks, more than 300 houses have been burned with more than 160 Congolese killed. The people fleeing are leaving camps and host homes set up to house them as internally displaced people (IDP). Many are survivors of a war that raged in the DRC from 1994 to 2003, which led to more than five million deaths, and left millions without homes or resources.

Barbara Shenstone, head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in DRC, said, "I am deeply worried about the situation in the Kivus as they are in the midst of a serious protection crisis affecting thousands of innocent victims. Thousands of families are again in a situation of profound distress. A large number has received help from host families, while thousands more depend on international aid. If nothing is done to…provide the necessary assistance, thousands of people will be in serious danger."

Peter Howard, FH director of emergency response, said, "The conflict in northeastern DRC is not only causing a serious safety concern for FH staff, but it is has the potential to turn into a real internally displaced and refugee crisis in the region as people flee their homes. FH is doing all we can to ensure the safety of our staff, while also exploring what our role might be in helping those people who are finding themselves once again homeless due to conflict."

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