Thousands on persons displaced by Eastern DR Congo clashes in dire need of food- UN

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The UN says more than eight thousand people who were displaced by clashes in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are in urgent need of food. Fighting between Government soldiers and M23 rebels have intensified in recent weeks in North Kivu province. The clashes spread south early this week to about 20 kilometers from Goma town, the provincial capital.

BBC reports that the displaced have fled to improvised sites, churches and schools.

The UN Office For Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA says Humanitarian agencies fear the worst for the refugees if the hostilities continue.

In a statement, the Spokesperson for the Province’s Governor said they are “faced with a very worrying situation”.

Meanwhile, the Military Governor of North Kivu Province Gen Sylvain Ekenge has called on the population to remain calm and vigilant and to not cede to panic.

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