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Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC continues aid effort in northern Katanga

22-11-2001 News Release 01/46

Between 6 October and 12 November, the ICRC distributed non-food aid to 7,150 resident and displaced families (almost 40,000 persons) living in and around Malemba Nkulu, northern Katanga. Each family received four blankets, a tarpaulin, a bucket, a cooking pot, 5 kg of soap, clothes and a hoe.

The ICRC provided this assistance to help both residents of the region and those who had fled the 35 villages burned down in fighting during the first few months of the year. Large numbers had been forced to take refuge in the bush, and residents of Malemba Nkulu and the surrounding area did not return until July. Currently, the authorities in northern Katanga are making a major effort to calm the population and restore peace to the area.

There is cause for concern regarding northern Katanga, as the security situation is preventing the resumption of agricultural and commercial activity. Since August, the ICRC has been providing assistance in Kabalo, Nyunzu, Manono and Malemba Nkulu.