Thursday, 6 October 2016

Humanitarian situation in Congo's Pool

Congolese Prime minister, Clement
Mouamba has chaired a humanitarian
needs assessment meeting of
government agencies focused on the
renewed tensions in the Pool region in
the south of the Republic of Congo.

During the meeting, it was estimated
that at least 4,000 people were
displaced within the Pool and in the
neighboring department of Bouenza
due to the violence that the
government blames on former
members of a militia loyal to Pastor
Ntumi .
Thierry Moungalla, Minister of
communication said,
“ The Pool region is experiencing a
delicAte humanitarian situation
particularly because of problems that
were generated by the terrorist
activities carried out by some ex
militants.”
Thousands of internally displaced
persons are in urgent need of
humanitarian assistance.
Thierry Moungalla added the meeting
was to “assess humanitarian action;
measures to be taken in relation to this
humanitarian action to take, and more
generally to reassure domestic public
opinion and build international opinion
on the fact that this is clearly an act
of terrorism”
About 20 people have been killed in the
renewed clashes in the Pool region
according to the government
spokesperson.
There’s increased security presence in
the area with the Government saying it
is not at war rather its tracking down
Pastor Ntumi and two of his
lieutenants.