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Reference : V-P-CD-E-01922
Date : 03/06/2013
Caption : North Kivu, Walikale. Before handing over the running of the Walikale General Hospital to local authorities, the ICRC provided a three-month supply of medicines for the benefit of over 3,000 patients.
Photographer : KATSUVA KAMATE, Christian
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Description : ICRC website:

21-06-2013 Operational Update

DR Congo: Situation still very precarious in east of country

Over the past few weeks a very insecure atmosphere has descended upon the east of the country. At the same time, new political and military initiatives are taking form. The fate of thousands in conflict-stricken provinces hangs in the balance.

"There are reports of indiscriminate and very violent attacks on civilians, and of increasing strains between various communities," said Franz Rauchenstein, the outgoing head of the ICRC delegation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "After more than four years in this country, I regret to be leaving without having witnessed any improvement in terms of respect for the lives and dignity of civilians in conflict zones. On the contrary, acts of violence committed against civilians, including murder and sexual assault, remain at a very worrying level and regularly cause the displacement of thousands of families."


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