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Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC distributes relief to villagers in South Kivu

24-02-2004 News Release 04/23

On 20 February the ICRC completed a distribution of relief supplies (clothing, kitchen utensils, jerrycans, blankets, soap, salt, hoes and seed) to 9,000 families in the region of Lemera in South Kivu.

Like many other villages on the plateau that rises to the west of the Ruzizi plain in South Kivu, Lemera suffered greatly from the successive conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Various armed groups moved into the region and clashed there in the past, with disastrous consequences for the local population, which was subjected to violence and looting and saw much farmland destroyed.

The situation has improved considerably now and many villagers have decided to go back to Lemera. The purpose of the ICRC’s operation was to help people rebuild their lives in a region that had long been cut off from basic supplies and divided among rival armed groups.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Dominique Liengme, ICRC Goma, tel. ++250 830 04 61  

 Anna Schaaf, ICRC Goma, tel. ++250 830 04 61