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Democratic Republic of Congo: Aiding civilians in Ankoro

24-06-2003 News Release 03/74

The ICRC recently completed a vast operation to help the civilian population of Ankoro, in northern Katanga, which was badly affected by fighting in the area at the end of last year.

Between 21 May and 10 June, delegates distributed non-food relief to 6,875 families (some 35,000 people) in Ankoro. Each family was given a kit comprising three kg of soap, three blankets, a bucket, a selection of kitchen tools, a hoe, clothing for adults and children. The local hospital also received basic supplies to help keep it going from day to day.

This operation was a major logistical challenge as 130 tonnes of supplies had to be transported first by rail from Lubumbashi to Bukama and then by river from Bukama to Ankoro.

Through its office in Malemba Nkulu, the CICR is continuing to keep a close watch on the situation among the civilian population in the upper Lomami area, which has been affected by clashes between various armed groups. The situation there remains a cause of humanitarian concern.

The ICRC is also planning to carry out a survey of needs to assess the situation in nearby northern Kabongo.

 Further information:  

 Antoine Tawamba, ICRC Kinshasa, tel. ++ 243 98 17 29 12 or 98 31 32 82