displaced persons from the clashes between the M23 and the army in

In the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, since the resumption of fighting between the M23 group and the Congolese army, thousands of civilians have fled the clashes, leaving their villages in the territories of Rutshuru and Niyragongo, near Goma. While the fighting continued in the Kisigari group on Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st, the Kanyaruchinya resort, further south, is currently preserved and hosts some of the people displaced by the crisis, who are missing everything.

With our special correspondent in Kanyaruchinya, Coralie Pierret

Before we got to the cranes we had to wait several hours. In the queue, the elements are drawn, the women sitting on their cans are mostly from the front areas: Adidja has been in line every day since she arrived three weeks ago to pick up the 40 liters she is entitled to.

“It’s not enough for my seven children, my husband and me. Even the neighbors sometimes ask me about water because here in Kanyaruchinya there is no public tap. Everyone relies on the water distributed here. The 40 liters are not enough for washing, cooking and bathing. That is really insufficient. »

This water point was installed on May 28, the day after violent clashes between M23 rebels and the Congolese army… which had caused the expulsion of more than 60,000 people according to the UN. Denise Caje oversees this site and works for Caritas Goma:

“On May 28, there were many displaced people here. I think they went back from the 5th. From the 10th they came back again, but they came back again. And since yesterday it is a mixture so the movement is not stable.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the displaced come and go are constant. Local authorities regularly urge them to return to their village of origin.

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