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The ICRC in DR Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo the ICRC promotes respect for international humanitarian law in the treatment of civilians and detainees and helps those adversely affected by conflict and internal violence to survive and become self-sufficient. The organization also improves water supply and sanitation, strengthens health care for the wounded and sick, including victims of sexual violence, and reunites families.

Facts and Figures

Between 1 December 2013 and 31 January 2014, the ICRC:

  • distributed a month’s worth of emergency food rations to some 400 detainees in Butembo prison, and continued to provide medicines to the dispensaries of the prisons in Goma , Beni and Butembo;
  • improved access to water for 58,000 inhabitants of the territories of Masisi, Rutshuru and Walikale;
  • built a counselling centre in Nyamilima (Rutshuru territory) for victims of violence, particularly sexual violence;
  • continued refurbishing, training staff and supplying medicines to six health centres and two general referral hospitals;
  • visited 15 former child soldiers who had been enlisted by armed groups, and reunited with their families by the ICRC in September 2013, in order to make sure that they had settled back into their families and communities.

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