Hundreds Displaced as DRC forces and FRPI Rebels Clash

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Bertrand Gailemas, the public Relations officer in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA in Ituri says there is a humanitarian crisis, which needs urgent attention. He says the displaced people are living under deplorable conditions adding that, they are in urgent need of shelter, food and toilet facilities.

More than 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Walendu Bindi in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC following clashes between government forces and the Forces for the Patriotic Resistance of Ituri-FRPI. The fighting escalated on Friday last week forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes to trading centers for safety. Bertrand Gailemas, the public Relations officer in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs-OCHA in Ituri says there is a humanitarian crisis, which needs urgent attention.

He says the displaced people are living under deplorable conditions adding that, they are in urgent need of shelter, food and toilet facilities. Gailemas also says Congolese government forces have taken over several classrooms rendering more than 30,000 students idle. He says the military have plundered schools in Walendu Bindi area to the extent of destroying furniture, which is being used by soldiers for firewood. Gailemas accuses government forces of contributing to the suffering of civilians instead of protecting them.
 
 The Congolese government forces have declined to comment on the humanitarian crisis. General Fal Sikabwe, the commander of the Ituri Operational Zone for the Congolese government forces (FARDC) told URN that he had nothing to comment on the ongoing the crisis. Congolese government forces have been battling dozens of rebel forces since the beginning of 2012. Government lost a large territory to the M23 rebels following fierce fighting East province.  The rebels also briefly occupied the North Kivu provincial capital Goma before withdrawing as a result of international pressure.
 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.