Reference : V-P-CD-E-01930
Date : 2013
Caption : North Kivu, Kamango. Two displaced people, a mother and her daughter, leaving the site of an ICRC distribution of food and other essential items; they had fled their homes, driven away by the fighting and by their fear of being kidnapped by armed men in the Mamundioma area.
Photographer : KIVASUVWAMO, Musuabo
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
ICRC website, Operational update, 20/08/2013
Over the past month, fighting has continued between armed forces and groups in both North and South Kivu, in particular in the territories of Niyragongo, Masisi and Beni in North Kivu, and on the Ruzizi plain and in Shabunda Territory in South Kivu. Fighting erupted recently around the city of Baraka in Fizi Territory, South Kivu, and also in the Ituri and Tshopo districts of Eastern Province.

The ICRC has been adapting its response to a very volatile environment in order to meet the needs of conflict victims in the best way possible and to overcome problems of access. "Communities in the most unstable areas of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo live in constant fear. Some are even forced to move away to escape the fighting, threats and looting," said Alessandra Ménegon, head of the ICRC delegation in the country. "Our staff remain on the ground, close to the hardest-hit communities. Civilians are suffering many kinds of trauma, both physical and psychological." ...

Providing food, household items and seed

In its aid activities, the ICRC takes into account the fact that the local families that take in people who have had to flee their villages, whether because of fighting or as a precautionary measure, are often economically vulnerable. In Masisi Territory, North Kivu, for example, 18,000 displaced people and their host families were given food, household essentials and potato seed.

When displaced people return to their home villages, after losing everything, they often have to contend with great hardship. The ICRC strives to help them regain the ability to earn a living without outside help. In Shabunda Territory, South Kivu, it provided food and essential supplies for 23,000 people who had returned to their homes in order to help them get back on their feet. In the Bafwasende district of Eastern Province, it provided more than 5,200 people with tools and vegetable seed. Volunteers from the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo played an active role in distributing the aid.
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