New Ethnic Conflict Threatens Water Access In Democratic Republic of Congo

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Increasing ethnic tensions in the province of South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has turned into serious armed confrontations, creating additional humanitarian needs according to the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). More than 76,000 people have become internally displaced in the past two and a half months due to conflict over access to land and water between two ethnic groups, the centre reported last week. While such skirmishes are recurrent, they have recently spiraled into serious armed conflict involving a number of local militia groups. There is an additional substantial risk that armed groups from neighbouring countries will also get embroiled into this conflict.

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