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    DR Congo: The ICRC suspends food aid for displaced people in Kanyabayonga

    “We were able to distribute food to 29,046 people out of the 58,000 we sought to help. We collaborated with volunteers from the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to distribute rations of corn flour, beans, oil and cooking salt. Our objective was to help them respond to the most urgent food needs in these communities,” said Myriam Favier, head of the ICRC’s subdelegation in Goma in North Kivu.

    The aid is for people from communities in North Kivu, in particular from the Masisi, Rutshuru and Walikale territories. They had left their homes between January and March 2024 to flee armed clashes in the area. Most of the families were receiving aid for the first time since January. The majority of them had already changed locations multiple times to flee the violence and had lost their livelihoods. As the fighting drew near, many families were displaced once again.

    We are very worried about these communities. Each time that they are displaced, they become even more vulnerable. It is particular concerning that the clashes are taking place so close to densely populated areas, not only around Kanyabayonga, but also in the town of Sake in Masisi territory and around Goma. The ICRC would like to remind all parties to the conflict that they must take every precaution to minimize the impact of the fighting on civilians.

    Myriam Favier

    The ICRC transported food supplies from Goma to Kanyabayonga in 14 trucks, which passed through Rutshuru, Kiwanja, Mabenga and Rwindi. The trucks were able to cross front lines after the ICRC engaged in dialogue with both parties to the conflict to guarantee that aid activities could be safely carried out.

    “Whether they are living with host families or in camps for displaced people or collective centres, the people who have been displaced are living in very precarious conditions and urgently need access to basic necessities, especially food, water and health care. We are keeping an eye on how the situation develops and considering the possibility of ending this food aid that the communities in Kanyabayonga so desperately need.”

    In April, the ICRC launched two projects to provide regular support to referral health centres in Kanyabayonga and Cepromi, which lies between the Lubero and Rutshuru territories. The aim is to provide free access for six months to primary and secondary health care, including mental health care and psychosocial support, for over 64,720 people living in the area, 17,110 of whom have been displaced from their homes. Furthermore, 1,848 displaced people and host families have been provided with access to drinking water, thanks to a reservoir of 10 cubic metres and tap stands that have been set up in Kanyabayonga.

    The crisis in North Kivu is becoming increasingly complex due to the growing number of combat zones and there is a high degree of suffering among civilians. For the ICRC, it is essential that both parties to the conflict continue to grant humanitarian organizations access so that they can quickly bring aid to people in need.

    About the ICRC
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral, impartial and independent organization with an exclusively humanitarian mandate that stems from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. It helps people around the world affected by armed conflict and other violence, doing everything it can to protect their lives and dignity and to relieve their suffering, often alongside its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners.

    For more information, please contact:
    Reagan Kimbale, ICRC Goma, tel: +243 (0) 812 256 360, email rpalukukimbale@icrc.org
    Francine Kongolo, ICRC Goma, tel: +243 (0) 81 992 23 28, email fkongolo@icrc.org
    or visit our website: www.icrc.org

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    Conflicts linked to the March 23 Movement: The ICRC’s activities from 1 January to 31 May 2024

    Food security

    • Nearly 44,500 people received food aid at the Bushagara and Rusayo 1 camps for displaced people in Nyiragongo territory in North Kivu Province.
    • Nearly 35,600 people received essential household goods at the Nzulo and Muja camps for displaced people in Nyiragongo territory in North Kivu.
    • Approximately 37,410 displaced people received food aid and essential household goods in Minova, in Kalehe territory in South Kivu Province.
    • Approximately 10,590 displaced people received food aid and essential household goods in Bulenga, in Kalehe territory in South Kivu.
    • Between 24 and 30 May 2024, 29,046 people received food aid in Kanyabayonga, in Lubero territory in North Kivu.

    Water and habitat

    • 1,848 displaced people and host families were given access to drinking water, thanks to the reservoir and tap stands that have been set up in Kanyabayonga.
    • 64,500 displaced people were given access to drinking water, with water being trucked in daily (300 cubic metres per day) to the Lushagala Extension site for displaced people since February 2024.
    • 100 latrines are being constructed at the Lushagala Extension site and 36 have been completed as of 31 May 2024.
    • Water supply systems are being constructed to facilitate access to drinking water for the 135,000 displaced people and host families in Minova and surrounding areas, in Kalehe territory in South Kivu.

    Health

    • Over 300 wounded people have been treated at ICRC-supported medical facilities, almost 50% of whom are civilians.
    • 565 people were provided with physical rehabilitation services (prostheses, orthoses, gait training, etc.).

    Protecting family links

    • Six phone booths were set up, including five in camps for displaced people located west of Goma and one in Kanyabayonga (calls were suspended on 30 May 2024) in North Kivu.
    • Six phone booths were set up in camps for displaced people in Minova in South Kivu.
    • From 20 February to 31 May 2024, 55,512 free calls were made from the phone booths. 46,539 of these calls allowed people to get back in touch with their loved ones.
    • 128 children who were separated from their families because of the crisis were registered and 32 of them were reunited with their families.



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