More than 500,000 Congolese have been displaced since April, when hostilities between the Congolese Army and M23 rebels began. Many of these individuals have ended up in so-called "spontaneous settlements" in the province of North Kivu. Unlike camps run by the UNHCR, these sites are not served by aid coordinators, making the distribution of food and other assistance infrequent and uneven. The humanitarian community, starting with the UN Refugee Agency, must take responsibility for their role in supporting these individuals and ensure that the no camp is forgotten.
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With overwhelming numbers of Congolese fleeing their homes, many schools have been turned into temporary shelters for the displaced. For children, this has meant going for months without education.
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