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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Relief distribution in Nyabiondo

23-12-2003 News Release 03/163

On 20 December the ICRC completed a distribution of relief supplies (cooking utensils, hoes, blankets, soap, jerry cans and clothing, including children’s clothing) for 7,700 families (around 38,500 people) in Nyabiondo, North Kivu.

The supplies will help families who fled their homes during the fighting and have recently returned to the area gradually rebuild their shattered lives. They will also improve hygiene and provide protection against the cold in this region of high plateaux. The distribution was carried out after two assessments had shown that the inhabitants of Nyabiondo were destitute because so many people had been forced to flee and because of the looting that had taken place during the armed conflict.

The supplies were distributed with the help of 60 first-aid workers from the Masisi branch of the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 For further information, please contact: Alec Guichard, ICRC Bukavu, tel.: ++250 0830 0451