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DR Congo: 10,000 Newly Displaced People Receive Emergency Assistance From UNICEF

KINSHASA, 21 December 2005 - UNCEF in the Democratic Republic of Congo has provided emergency relief items to over 10,000 newly displaced people in three camps, north of Katanga province.  Plastic sheeting, blankets, soap, cooking utensils, jerry cans and BP-5 have been distributed to the displaced families by MSF-Holland. This immediate emergency response has helped ensure that the vulnerable populations are able to cope with to the present crisis with dignity.

The UNICEF supplies were quickly dispatched as soon as the needs of the displaced populations were identified. A 2 day inter-agency mission to Mutabi-Dubie (a town located 450 kilometres north of Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga province) took place from the 15 to 16 of December 2005 with a team of UN Agencies (WFP, IMO, MONUC) as well as other international and local organisations.  The objective of the mission was to assess the situation on the ground, following a recent resurgence of conflict between the national armed force (FARDC) and militia groups in the area.

Over 10,000 displaced people are presently living in three camps managed by MSF-Holland in the district of Pweto. The MSF reports indicate that about 300 to 400 newly displaced persons arrive in the camps every day. Majority of them are women and children.  

UNICEF’s medium term emergency assistance will cover additional essential supplies for primary health care and nutrition, assistance to local organizations working to reintegration children released from armed groups into their communities as well as providing educational supplies and materials for the displaced.

In addition to the basic essential needs, food is among the most pressing needs. The World Food programme (WFP) is working with Caritas, a local NGO, to address this. 

For more information, please contact:

Anthony Bloomberg, UNICEF DRC Representative (00243) 81 33 30 202
Silvia Danailov, UNICEF DRC Emergency Officer (00243) 818846746 or Joyce Brandful (00243) 818846746




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