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UNHCR demands end to violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Geneva, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today demanded an "immediate" end to violence against civilians and a halt to kidnappings in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UN agency, based in this Belgian city, also demanded an end to attacks against humanitarian aid personnel so that they can continue working without putting their safety at risk.

UNHCR spokesman, Boris Cheshirkov, expressed his alarm at the continuous aggressions in that African country by rebels, which this month caused the death of 79 people and at least 35,000 displaced.

The violence and armed conflict between government forces and insurgent groups, which dates back to 1998, is one of the main causes of hunger in that nation, according to UNHCR.

Economic stagnation and the impact of Covid-19 are problems added to the unstable situation.

Out of a population of over 89.5 million inhabitants, 85,834 were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.

Data from health authorities there reflect 1316 deaths related to the pandemic, but both figures could be higher due to the fact that all positive cases are not diagnosed in time.


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