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.
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.