Target: Interior Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Richard Muyej Mangez
Goal: Protect civilians from future displacement from their homes.
Over the past two decades in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, over two million people have been displaced due to the near constant ethnic and political violence. Since 2012, about one million people have been displaced in South and North Kivu, eastern provinces as well as hot spots for violence. Large amounts of people across the country have been forced to leave their homes, often twice or more, and thousands more have fled to neighboring countries. Being displaced once, let alone several times, takes an emotional toll on those affected as well as leaving them more vulnerable than before.
Although the United Nations has over 30 refugee camps set up in North Kivu alone, only a small fraction of the nearly one million internally displaced persons are living there. Even with camps run by the UN and other organizations, it is not uncommon for people to have to move to new camps whenever violence breaks out. Internally displaced persons and refugees are at high risk of facing sexual violence, as well as abuse and health problems.
While the UN works to register and resettle many of the citizens affected by violence and displacement, the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has done very little to curb the constant violence or to protect its citizens. The government needs to step up and take action to prevent more of its citizens from being displaced and harmed any further.
An estimated one million people have been displaced in eastern parts of the DRC since 2012, due to extreme ethnic and political tensions and violence. Despite the efforts of the United Nations and other organizations, thousands of people are left without stable homes. Many of your citizens have been displaced not only once, but as many as three or more times. Multiple displacements harm people psychologically, and also leaves them extremely vulnerable to abuse, disease, and further violence.
Refugee camps in North Kivu house only a fraction of your country’s internally displaced persons, and people are often forced to move to different camps when violence breaks out. Some are fleeing to Rwanda and Uganda, but thousands more remain.
As a leader of the DRC, you must take action to stop these displacements, and make an effort to curb the constant violence. Help internally displaced persons resettle, and protect them from any future violence and displacement. Your citizens should not have to live in fear of being uprooted from their homes and exposed to extreme violence.
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