The United Nations has voiced concern over the deteriorating security situation in Ituri province in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which is affecting humanitarian agencies’ ability to deliver assistance to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people. The BBC reports that an estimated 400 civilians have been killed in the region and over 83,000 people fled their homes since 1 January due to the violence. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 1.9 million people were displaced within Ituri and some three million others were severely food insecure.