Fleeing Congo's violence, stories of struggles emerge

By Aimee Manimani and Kathryn Reid
Jul 19, 2013

Stories of desperation are emerging from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thousands of people have fled toward Goma in the eastern DRC since fighting broke out last weekend north of the city between M23 rebels and the DRC army. Many sought assistance in the Buhimba and Mugunga camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), adding to the numbers that World Vision assists with food aid, water, sanitation and protection for women and children. View the following photographs.

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Crowds are growing with newly displaced people flooding the Mugunga camp, located six miles from Goma. Families have been fleeing since early in July. Goma is the provincial capital of North Kivu province.
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Mothers struggle to find enough good for their families. “Sometimes it’s violent, like today, to get enough food. It’s hard and shameful for a human being, for parents,” says one mother of nine children and former teacher.
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One child, Mawazo, 13, arrived in the camp alone. He was connected with a host family that has accepted him as if he were their own. Children who arrive at the camp without parents are assisted by World Vision’s protection team and are registered so that they can receive food.
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An unnamed father of 10 children fled his village where rebels killed some of his relatives. He is not registered for aid, so he does odd jobs around the camp to support his family. He says he can’t imagine going back home because of the atrocities he saw. The man lives in the camp with his wife, surviving children, and daughter-in-law who gave birth on the way to the camp. The daughter-in-law's husband was killed.