UN mission sounds alarm on humanitarian impacts of clashes in DR Congo

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The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Friday expressed concern over the crisis in the Kasai provinces and its disastrous impact on local communities, UN Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said on Friday.

More than 1 million people are currently displaced due to the violence plaguing that part of the country. Most of them live in deplorable conditions, with no access to health care, food or safe-drinking water, said Haq.

In the Kasai Central province, one in three health centers is no longer operating, he said.

Six hundred and thirty-nine elementary and secondary schools have been destroyed or attacked by militias in the Kasai Central and Kasai provinces, he added.

The UN has also documented over 500 cases of children being used as combatants or human shields by militias, said Haq.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC, Maman Sidikou, condemned the attacks and called on the parties involved to respect health centers and schools as zones of peace, said the spokesman.

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