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Great Lakes: volunteers in action

14-11-1996 News Release 96/45

Some Red Cross volunteers working in the Zairian town of Bukavu have not waited for government and international operations to get under way, but have taken matters into their own hands. In an admirable initiative, two Zairian employees of the ICRC and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, together with members of the Zaire Red Cross Society, have set up their own health centre, using materials which they managed to salvage here and there. The centre is now providing emergency care to over one hundred people a day.