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Democratic Republic of the Congo: End of aid operation in Nyunzu

28-06-2001 News Release 01/25

Last week, the ICRC completed the second phase of its aid operation in Nyunzu, a town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Katanga province. The aid, which was distributed to the resident population, included foodstuffs (beans, flour, maize, oil and salt) as well as soap and buckets.

Over a period of slightly more than two months, a Hercules made 18 flights and a DC-3 one flight to bring in 320 tonnes of food and other relief supplies for some 27,000 people.

According to delegates on the spot, who have evaluated the harvest of food crops in the region, the nutritional status of the residents has improved. This is because developments in the conflict allowed the people living in the area to cultivate more land and thus to avoid being completely dependent on humanitarian aid.