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Republic of the Congo: help for 10,000 displaced persons in Brazzaville

15-07-2003 News Release 03/80

Last Friday, the ICRC completed a further aid distribution programme for displaced persons living at eight locations south of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo.

ICRC teams had spent ten days distributing soap, clothing and children's sandals to some 4,400 families, or almost 10,000 people.

This programme follows other ICRC activities at these locations. Already this year, ICRC water and habitat teams have installed over 100 showers, built or renovated three wells and set up shelters at various sites. In addition, the ICRC has provided four 15,000-litre bladder tanks for drinking water, while four ICRC tanker trucks have supplied 120,000 litres of water per week. Like the provision of soap, all these activities aim at improving health by improving hygiene.

The people the ICRC is helping come from Pool, a region south of the capital, and took refuge in the area following fighting in 2002. The ICRC is planning its assistance using lists maintained by the people responsible for each site and by village chiefs among the displaced persons.

 Further information:  

 Olivier Bangerter, ICRC Brazzaville, tel. ++242 50 30 17 or 50 30 18,