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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Aid for displaced people in northern Katanga

21-11-2002 News Release 02/47

The ICRC has launched a fresh relief operation for people who have fled their homes owing to the fighting in northern Katanga.

In late October and early November, delegates distributed blankets, soap and tarpaulins to 3,100 displaced families (some 16,000people) in Kaboto, 45 kilometers north of Kabongo. These items will offer protection during the rainy season. Some 800 families who have always resided in Kaboto and have extended their hospitality to the displaced people, also benefited from the distribution.

ICRC staff regularly visit the upper Lomami area and the organization is planning to open an office in Malemba-Nkulu in order to maintain its presence among the victims of violence in a region about which there is great humanitarian concern.