The new escalation of conflict has worsened the humanitarian and security situation in IDP sites across the province.
Following attacks on Drodro site, close to 25,000 already displaced people sought sanctuary in Rhoe, bringing the population of the site to over 77,000 households.
The influx of new arrivals could make Rhoe site burst at the seams.
A protection assessment conducted by DRC in January 2023 alerts that there is no shelter available for the new arrivals: women and girls stay with host families in the camp, while men and boys sleep outside, exposing them to risks of gender-based violence and physical aggression.
50 percent of respondents indicated that women do not feel safe even within the site.
The risks are heightened by the extremely limited WASH facilities in the overpopulated site, where most latrines are not functional.
The security situation also makes it impossible for people to leave the site in order to tend to their fields or earn an income.
In order to be able to afford food, many resort to negative coping mechanisms, including school drop outs and survival sex.