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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Aid for 7,600 families in North Kivu

09-10-2003 News Release 03/126

From 29 September to 4 October, the ICRC distributed 137 tonnes of vegetable seed, beans, maize and other relief items (blankets, pots, hoes) to 7,600 families living in Kibabi, a town situated in North Kivu, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Five trucks made 25 round-trip journeys between Kibabi and Goma, where the ICRC mission is situated, to deliver the supplies.

After fighting broke out in October 2002, between 16,000 and 18,000 families had fled their villages in the Katoyi and Osso regions and taken refuge in outlying areas. Kibabi, with 9,000 households, received an influx of about 12,000 displaced families, making it one of the most severely affected towns. Despite the hardship this caused, residents welcomed the newcomers and shared the little they had.

In order to relieve the burden on host families, the ICRC had already distributed supplies to some 6,000 displaced families in April. The most recent distribution is intended to assist residents, in particular by enabling them to increase agricultural production. Priority was given to families that work the land, single-parent families and host families.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Elizabeth Twinch, ICRC Goma, tel.: ++250 0830 0461  

 Alec Guichard, ICRC Bukavu, tel.: ++250 0830 0451