1.27 million civilians have been forcibly displaced from Kasaï, Kasaï Central and Kasaï Oriental provinces, as well as neighbouring provinces such as Kwilu, Lomami, Lualaba and Sankur as a result of clashes between militia groups and the Congolese armed forces, but also between militias and self-defense groups and between rival militia groups, and intercommunity tensions. Daily displacement is now estimated at an average rate of 8,000 persons. Over 140,400 people are known to have returned to find their homes and resources looted or destroyed, and over 20,000 Congolese have fled to Angola.
In the Alert the GPC recalls that all parties to the conflict have obligations to protect civilians in line with international human rights and humanitarian standards, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Please download the full alert here.