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A Beninois peacekeeper assists the UNHCR/IEDA team to get their vehicle unstuck while en route to research human rights violations at Kasonsa village, far up the Congo and Luvua Rivers. The journey to Kasonsa was riddled with logistical challenges, including crossing rivers, vehicle breakdowns, multiple instances of being stuck, rough roads and travel through highly insecure areas. 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.