Ankoro, Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Twa (pygmy) women stand at a relocation site on the outskirts of Ankoro. Following an attack on the village of Kasonsa by a Twa local defence force, the entire Twa population of the area was relocated. While the perpetrators of this attack have been brought to justice, civilians are forced to pay the price. As the people who attacked the village were from the Twa community, all the members of the Twa community had to flee the area by fear of reprisal. They lost their houses, their fields and their crops and now live in makeshift shelters in several sites in and around Ankoro where they struggle to find food and to have access to basic services. Dubbed the 'Triangle of Death' due to frequent acts of extreme violence and the presence of armed groups, the north of Congo's Katanga Province is one of the most dangerous places in Africa. Almost 400,000 people have been forced to flee their homes since the end of 2012, bringing the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the province to nearly 600,000. Between July and September 2014, more than 71,000 people have been newly displaced. The combination of extreme violence and Katanga's geographic remoteness have led to a lack of statistical data and allowed the humanitarian situation to unfold in a near-complete media vacuum.