The UN has called for an urgent political solution to end the fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres said a political solution was always required to solve a humanitarian crisis.
“When 800,000 people are displaced in North Kivu, in a population of not more than five million, we can understand we are facing a huge humanitarian trap,” said Guterres.
He was speaking while on a visit to a camp outside Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province, where fighting between the army and rebels have forced people to flee their homes.
As diplomats try to revive a peace plan between the army and a renegade Tutsi general, the UN is warning there’s a real danger of armed groups recruiting fighters in refugee camps.
The army is also trying to disarm Rwandan Interahamwe Hutu fighters accused of atrocities during that country’s 1994 genocide.