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Democratic Republic of Congo - ICRC Annual Report 2009

19-05-2010 Annual Report No 2009

The ICRC opened a permanent delegation in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1978. It ensures that the emergency needs of conflict-affected IDPs and residents are met; that they have the means to become self-sufficient; and that the wounded and sick receive adequate care. It visits detainees, works to restore contact between separated family members, where appropriate and possible, reuniting children with their families, and supports the development of the National Society. It also promotes respect for the basic rules of IHL and international human rights law by the authorities in their treatment of civilians and detainees.