Poor Security Hampers Aid to Refugees in Congo

Thousands of refugees who fled the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo have resettled in northern Congo, where aid workers are attempting to address their most urgent needs. Insecurity and lack of good roads in the area, however, hamper humanitarian operations in the region, IRIN notes.

“Currently there’s a heavy militia and insurgent presence on the Ubangui River, which is complicating aid worker movements, because you don’t know who to trust,” Daniel Roger Tam of the United Nations Refugee Agency related.

Congo already deployed additional troops in the area to protect both refugees and aid workers, but some level of insecurity persists, preventing humanitarian workers from reaching several refugee sites.

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