Reference : V-P-CG-E-00116
Date : 18/05/2011
Country/Region : CONGO
Caption : Mombenzele. As night falls, lightning storms can be seen on the other side of the Oubangui river.
Photographer : TORGOVNIK, Jonathan
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : Getty Images/CICR
Description : Heavy rain confronted the team from ICRC traveling down the Oubangui river with a pirogue on a mission to distribute cassava cuttings, agricultural equipment and fishing materials.This distribution is organized to prevent depletion of food reserves. This assistance will benefit about 100,000 people in the Likouala district.

With this distribution, the ICRC aims to strengthen the economic capacity of the resident population of Likouala, to avoid depletion of commodities, including cassava and fish.

With the volunteers of the Congolese Red Cross, ICRC assists families in five districts of the country (Btou, Enyele, Liranga, Impfondo Dongou). In addition to fishing equipment and culture, families receive cassava cuttings tolerant to mosaic disease, caused by a virus and highly destructive.

The Likouala region is very difficult to access, and distribution continues with barges, boats, and trucks.

Armed violence in the Equateur province in DRC had pushed people to flee to the Likouala, on the other side of the border to find refuge in October 2009. According to government officials, nearly 115,000 people had crossed the river Oubangui.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour