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Displaced people in Congo gather at refugee camp as fighting continues

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Two displaced Congolese women stand above new homes built in a camp for the internally displaced in Katoyi in Masisi territory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu on Monday. Katoyi has seen four waves of people arriving since last September following fights in the area between FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) and Maï-Maï armed groups. The most recent wave, beginning on May 14, has brought some 1500 families to Katoyi fleeing what they describe as attacks by the Maï Maï Raïa Mutomboki armed group, with various sources in Katoyi confirming the deaths of over 100 people over the past few weeks.

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Displaced Congolese children sit in a classroom of the Katoyi primary school, where displaced people shelter in Masisi territory, North Kivu province, on Monday. Over 100 people are using the school to shelter every night as some 1500 families have arrived in Katoyi since an outbreak of attacks in the area which began on May 14.

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Uraguayan peacekeepers from the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) patrol around the village of Katoyi in Masisi territory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province. The UN has deployed a platoon of peacekeepers in Katoyi following reports of massacres in the area, with reports of over a hundred people killed in the area since May 14 of this year.

allAfrica reports that tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Congo's North Kivu province:

The movement of people might appear haphazard to the outside observer. Some walk east, others west.

For some, it is their third time to be displaced by conflict and many report negative experiences in camps. "You wait a whole day for one bowl of porridge, and there is violence," said Jeremiah*, who is currently sheltering in a remote hospital on a hill in Rutshuru District which overlooks an anti-aircraft gun position. International NGOs have no presence here now - only the local Red Cross, which supports the hospital.

Jeremiah's nine-year-old daughter was apprehended and raped while she and her grandmother were fleeing their village. He says the news killed him and that he is tired of war. But he says he will not cross the Ugandan border (less than 20km away) even if it does guarantee his family's safety. "They make you go very far from your home", he said.


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