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UNHCR urges protection of civilians and aid access amid surging violence in eastern DR Congo

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UNHCR urges protection of civilians and aid access amid surging violence in eastern DR Congo

Mwamini Maheshe, 45, mother of 10 children, displaced from Sake arrives at Mugunga

People who fled fighting in the town of Sake arrive at Mugunga displacement site near Goma in eastern DR Congo.

UNHCR helps to save lives and build better futures for the millions of people forced to flee their homes.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution or war at home.

Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital protection and assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to.

We help to save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home.

UNHCR urges protection of civilians and aid access amid surging violence in eastern DR Congo

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108.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced

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