The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has expressed concerns on the constant sexual violation against the internally displaced Congolese women and girls, caused by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Tanganyika Province.
Shabia Mantoo, UNHCR spokesperson, said according to local authorities, more than 23,000 people have been displaced since May in Northern Tanganyika’s Kongolo Territory alone, most have fled insecurity multiple times in the past three months.
She further disclosed in the press briefing at Palais des Nations in Geneva that UNHCR staffs have witnessed horrific testimonies of extreme violence and armed groups have been accused of carrying out mass rape as women attempt to flee their homes.
She explained that UNHCR and its partners have continued to work with local authorities and humanitarian actors to ensure that psychosocial and medical support is provided to survivors.
According to her, humanitarian and protection needs are growing and UNHCR is seeking further financial support. “We have received just 36 per cent of the US$205 million required for our DRC operation, she said.