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Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC aids 6,000 in Orientale province

21-09-2006 News Release 06/54

On 20 and 21 September, the ICRC provided humanitarian aid for 1,200 families living between Isiro and Mungbere, in the district of Haut-Uélé (Orientale province).

In 2003, with an armed conflict raging in the Isiro region, these families had fled their villages (Beli, Matoko, Kputu, Penge, Alegu, Koli, Dila and Nekalagba), all of which were situated on the front line, and sought refuge dozens of kilometres from their homes in makeshift cabins deep in the forest. Security conditions in this part of the country have been steadily improving since January 2006 and the villagers have started to return home.
 After assessing the situation with a view to resuming its activities in the northern part of Orientale Province, the ICRC decided to help the displaced people meet their vital needs by providing them with kits containing essential items (blankets, clothing for children and adults, hoes, buckets, kitchen utensils and soap).
 By maintaining regular contact with the authorities, civil society and all those bearing arms, the ICRC will continue to closely monitor the situation of these families, as well as the security situation throughout the region.
 The ICRC reminds all the military forces and armed groups involved of the obligation they have under international humanitarian law to respect the civilian population. The ICRC, a neutral and independent humanitarian organization, has a mandate to assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence.

  For further information, please contact:
  Valéry Mbaoh, ICRC Goma, tel: +243 810 366 812 ou +250 88 85 165
  Mack Makangu, ICRC Kisangani, tel: +243 994 041 257