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Families separated as violence escalates in DR Congo

ARMED REBEL FORCES: M23 rebels conduct training exercises in Rumangabo, eastern Congo

VIOLENCE BETWEEN rebel forces and government troops in the city of Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo has prompted 70,000 civilians to move from one camp to another.

As alleged Rwandan-backed M23 rebel forces advance from the north towards Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, there are now roughly 2.2 million internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"It's so heart breaking to see innocent women and children face the worst violence of their lives over a conflict that they little understand and cannot control,” said Dominic Keyzer, the advocacy manager for World Vision in DRC.

“We have heard a lot of shelling today across the border in both directions.”

There have been reports of children finding themselves alone in Goma after becoming separated from their parents as they flee from one camp to another to escape the fighting.

World Vision has begun to prepare for distribution of food, medicine and hygiene kits in Goma and surrounding areas.

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