The United Methodist Church has helped nearly 1,000 families from the Central African Republic living in a refugee camp in Limasa.
Limasa is about 70 kilometers downstream from Yakoma on the Ubangi River in the Equateur Province.
“These displaced people are living in a camp set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and are going through much more difficult situations,” said Jean Tshomba, coordinator of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s disaster management office in eastern Congo.
The Congolese territory of Yakoma, which is in the province of North Ubangi, is considered a reception area for refugees and displaced persons from neighboring countries due to its geographical location and security situation.
Some 16,000 Central Africans have been living in North Ubangi in northwestern Congo since late 2020. They fled the violence between the Seleka and anti-balaka militias and were welcomed in Yakoma. Most of them are in sites set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, but others are staying with host families who have come to their aid.
The Central African Republic is a mission conference within the East Congo Episcopal Area.
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Source: United Methodist News