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Reference : V-P-CD-E-01912
Date : 23/04/2013
Caption : Kinshasa, ICRC delegation. The ICRC president, Peter Maurer reply to the journalists during a press conference organized on the occasion of his visit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photographer : EPALINGINYA, Lea
Person appearing :
RAUCHENSTEIN, Franz (chef de délégation Kinshasa, CICR)
MAURER, Peter (president, ICRC)
CARLIEZ, Sébastien (spokesperson, ICRC)
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22-04-2013 News Release 13/74

Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC president visits Kinshasa and Goma

Mr Maurer arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, yesterday. He will later travel to Goma, in the east of the country. During his visit, which will end on 25 April, the ICRC president will meet with senior government officials and with leaders of the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The primary topics will be the consequences in humanitarian terms of the country's conflicts, and the ICRC's operations to meet the most urgent needs of the people directly affected.

"In North and South Kivu, thousands of people are enduring the effects of large-scale displacement and serious violations of international humanitarian law on a daily basis amid nearly universal indifference," said Mr Maurer. "In Katanga and Eastern Province, there has also been a resurgence of violence. My visit must serve to draw attention to the plight of people weakened by years of high-intensity conflict."

The ICRC is pressing ahead with the activities it carries out in the country for people wounded in the fighting, people suffering physical or psychological trauma caused by sexual violence, children separated from their close relatives, thousands of displaced people, and detainees. Since January, some 50 casualties have been taken to medical facilities by ICRC staff, and several dozen others by local Red Cross volunteers. During the same period, more than 530 war patients have been operated on by ICRC surgical teams in North and South Kivu. The ICRC is also maintaining its support for water supply systems in several cities and for health-care centres, which it supplies with medicines and other medical items.

The ICRC opened its delegation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 35 years ago. It is currently carrying out its activities across the country from offices in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, Beni, Uvira, Dungu, Kisangani, Lubumbashi and Kananga, and from outposts in Kirumba, Masisi, Walikale, Fizi, Lulingu and Minembwe.

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