Yesterday, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group, attacked two villages near Beni and killed 12 people living in the heart of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).
The terrorists were killed, according to Reuters, nine in Eringeti and three in Oicha. ADF has not publicly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIL), but that has not stopped ISIL from assuming responsibility for the attacks.
The violence comes when two major donors announced additional financing of the response efforts.
Series of Violence
The attacks are only the latest in a series of violent offensives launched by militant groups in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than 1
Violence has also worried international actors, including the US and MSF
The United Nations Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) said today groups such as the ADF and May-May have created a "deadly environment" for the US "I'm concerned about the current situation in Ituri province, where spoilers are trying to exploit ethnic tensions to induce community violence," said Leila Zerrougui, head of MONUSCO, in remarks that were made today at a security briefing. Attacks by the ADF "continue to demand an unbearable burden on the civilian population".
World Bank, USAID increase funding
Today, the World Bank Group announced another $ 300 million to boost efforts to respond in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"Local communities and health professionals at the forefront of this outbreak desperately need more support and resources from the international community to prevent this crisis from worsening within the country and spreading across borders," said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva ,
For the World Bank, the money will cover the health zones affected by Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and will allow the Government, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the World Food Program, the International Organization for Migration and other forces to put health measures first Improving the Front
Also today, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced another $ 38 million for the outbreak, including $ 15 million for the WHO. USAID has provided $ 136 million for the outbreak since August 2018.
"The Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the help of the international community, has successfully fought and controlled nine more outbreaks of Ebola, but this response presents a number of obstacles to the ongoing conflict in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri," USAID said in a press release with.
"The continuing uncertainty and difficulty in gaining trust in the community are major hurdles, and other neighboring countries, the United States and the international community, in partnership with local communities, are crucial to stopping the spread of the disease Today there are 15 newly confirmed cases, bringing the total number of outbreaks to 2,612.
For the second year in a row, Congolese officials have not provided information on the outbreak, including statistics on the number of deaths, infected health workers or suspected cases Earlier this week, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, the Democratic Republic of the Congo's health minister, resigned after the Democratic Republic of the Congo's president decided to transfer the management of the response to outbreaks to a government panel of experts.
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