The UN Children’s Fund UNICEF says the lives of thousands of children in overcrowded, unsanitary camps for Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are seriously at risk.

UNICEF, in a statement, said that young people continued to flee fighting between Congolese armed forces and the resurgent non-State armed group M23, new IDPs arrive daily, escalating the extent of the humanitarian crisis.

Since October 20th, intensified fighting has displaced thousands from Rutshuru territory in North Kivu province mainly to Kanyaruchinya and Kibati, north of the city of Goma and to Lubero territory.

The conflict is triggering massive population movement to the north and south along the Rutshuru-Goma axis.

The newly displaced are joining the ranks of about 200,000 IDPs forced to flee their homes since late March when the latest surge in violence began.

Meanwhile, as the security situation in eastern Congo deteriorates, humanitarian access is becoming increasingly more restricted.