Democratic Republic of the Congo: some 40,000 people to receive aid in North Kivu
29-07-2008 News Release 08/134
Kinshasa/ Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched its largest relief operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2006.
The operation will reach close to 40,000 beneficiaries.
The people concerned, who had been forced by armed violence to flee their villages in North Kivu province (Rutshuru district) and take refuge elsewhere in the province and in Uganda, were able to return home early this year. However, they are now suffering from lack of food owing to a poor harvest.
" Food supplies are rapidly dwindling and the number of malnourished children admitted to special feeding centres has more than doubled in three months, " said Morena Bassan, head of the ICRC's economic security programme in North Kivu.
The aim of the operation, which is being carried out with the help of volunteers from the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is to meet the population's most pressing needs and to help people prepare for the coming planting season.
Over 2,000 tonnes of food (maize, beans, oil and salt) will be distributed in order to tide the population over until the next harvest. Farming tools and seed will also be handed out so that the communities concerned can rapidly become self-sufficient. The ICRC's programmes for internally displaced people are designed both to help them during their displacement and to enable them to get back on their feet again once they have returned home.For further information, please contact:
Pierre-Emmanuel Ducruet, ICRC Kinshasa, tel: + 243 81 700 85 36
Olga Miltcheva, ICRC Goma, tel: + 243 81 03 66 812
Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel: + 41 22 730 2458 or + 41 79 217 32 24