Congo (DRC)

A sharp rise in attacks on humanitarian workers in the eastern North Kivu province of the Congo (DRC) has impeded efforts to provide life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in need. Since early 2009, a total of 108 attacks against humanitarian workers - including murders, abductions and theft of vehicles and other assets - were recorded in the province, compared to 105 during the whole of 2008. The attacks have increased in recent weeks, with seven incidents reported during last week alone in the territories of Lubero, Masisi, Rutshuru, and Walikale. North Kivu hosts an estimated 980,000 IDPs - more than any other province in the strife-torn nation. UN agencies and over 70 NGOs are operating in the province. (UN News Service)

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