Tens of thousands of people have sought safety in informal camps at Kanyaruchinya and the surrounding areas, ten kilometres north of Goma. They have fled the renewed fighting between the March 23 movement (M23) and the Congolese army in the region of Rutshuru. An urgent response from humanitarian actors is required to meet the huge needs of these people.
Situated on the road between Goma and Rutshuru, Kanyaruchinya was already hosting thousands of people displaced by previous rounds of fighting in the last few months and people affected by the May 2021 volcanic eruption. Their living conditions were already extremely precarious, and the arrival of a new wave of displaced people has significantly increased the needs of those living there.
“In just a few days we have seen thousands of people quickly build shelters of eucalyptus branches and leaves collected in the surrounding forest, all whilst it is raining,” explained Dr Maria Mashako, medical coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).