Refugees pray in their open air church in the middle of their makeshift tents in the Buhimba refugee camp outside Goma, DRC Congo, 02 December 2007. An estimated 50,000 people have swamped the four refugee camps in the area after an upsurge in fighting between the government FARDC (Forces Armées de la Republic Democratic du Congo) and rebels fighters of dissident General , Laurent Nkunda.
Some 375,000 Congolese have been forced to leave their homes in the province since last December, including more than 160,000 in the last two months.
Another problem is the outbreak of cholera in the camps although latest reports from the camps indicate that the cholera situation appears to be stabilizing, with the number of new suspected cases dropping slowly but steadily. Health workers said that at the end of October there were 439 suspected cases of cholera.