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Congo-Kinshasa: ICRC distributes aid to 11,000 displaced people in South Kivu

20-07-2006 News Release

Press release issued by the ICRC delegation in Kinshasa

Kinshasa – From 13 to 17 July 2006 the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) distributed basic relief items to 2,184 displaced families (11,000 people) who had fled the hostilities in Shabunda.
The families left their villages two months ago owing to the deteriorating security conditions in the Lulingu and Katchiungu areas north of Shabunda, in South Kivu. Since tension between the weapons bearers in the area remains acute, they have so far been unable to return to their homes.
During their flight these families lost most of their belongings. Some have taken shelter with host families in central Shabunda, others have sought refuge in nearby forests.
The relief supplies distributed by the ICRC consisted of kitchen utensils, clothing items, mats, buckets, soap and hoes. Salt (one kilo of for each household) was also distributed in coordination with the World Food Programme.
The ICRC will continue to monitor the situation of these families and the security conditions prevailing in the area. In so doing, it will draw attention to the basic humanitarian rules that all weapons bearers should observe, in particular respect for the civilian population.
The ICRC is a neutral and independent humanitarian organization with a mandate to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict. It has been present in the country since 1978.

 For further informations, please contact:
Giuliano Vascotto, head of sub-delegation, ICRC Bukavu - tel: 081 036 69 60
Clément Mukengeshayi, media assistant , ICRC Kinshasa - tel: 08920117
Sadia Shafaqoj Kaenzig, communication coordinator, ICRC Kinshasa - tel: +243 817 008536