Hundreds of thousands of children in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo live under the threat of attack by armed groups – but rarely are their experiences or views heard. Simon Rawles go to the Kivus region to find out how children’s lives have been affected by conflict.
Nyiramahoro Tuyisenge is one of the approximately 600 Congolese refugees who have finished undergoing IOM’s pre-departure health assessment in preparation for their resettlement to the United States.
NYAKABANDE (UGANDA), 18 November 2013 (IRIN) – Tens of thousands of refugees and displaced people are starting to return to their homes in the two territories of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) previously occupied by the M23 rebels.
But for many more Congolese uprooted by conflict a homecoming is still a distant prospect.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on 6 November a “progressive return or a wish to return” among internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Nyiragongo and Rutshuru territories, where the M23’s last holdouts were captured by the DRC army last week.