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Rwanda: Wounded soldiers treated at Gisenyi hospital

08-11-2013 News Release 13/190

Geneva / Kigali / Kinshasa (ICRC) – Following the latest clashes between government forces and armed group M23 in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 76 wounded soldiers have crossed the border into Rwanda and been admitted to Gisenyi hospital.

A surgical team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was immediately sent to provide urgent support to the facility’s medical staff as of 8 November. “Our medical teams are now assessing the urgency of each case,” said Georges Paclisanu, head of the ICRC delegation in Rwanda.

The ICRC worked with Rwandan Red Cross volunteers to transfer the war-wounded from Kinigi to Gisenyi hospital on 5 and 6 November. Nineteen people with battle injuries had already been admitted to the hospital the previous week. “We’re also making sure the patients are getting enough food,” added Mr Paclisanu. The hospital has been supplied with medicines and medical equipment.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, the ICRC continues to bring aid to those affected by the recent fighting. In Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, an ICRC surgical team is treating people wounded in combat at Ndosho hospital. Meanwhile, in Uganda, delegates have registered over 100 children who became separated from their families as they fled the hostilities. With the support of Uganda Red Cross volunteers active in the refugee camps, the ICRC is offering families the chance to get in touch with their loved ones.


For further information, please contact:
Emmanuel Kagimbura, ICRC Kigali, tel: +250 78 830 05 09
Jean-Pascal Moret, ICRC Goma, tel: +243 81 700 77 86
Adebayo Olowo-Ake, ICRC Kampala, tel: + 256 77 222 19 94
Jean-Yves Clémenzo, ICRC Geneva, tel: + 41 79 217 32 17