Posted by: APO | 5 October 2007

DR Congo: OCHA North Kivu Humanitarian Situation Report 05 Oct 2007

Date: 05 Oct 2007

DR Congo: OCHA North Kivu Humanitarian Situation Report 05 Oct 2007


Clashes between the Congolese army, FDLR/Mayi-Mayi elements and soldiers loyal to Laurent Nkunda keep being reported. However, we noticed few new populations displacements over the past days since most of these clashes occurred in areas where the population had already fled. Accessibility remains precarious however humanitarian organisations have managed to access key areas. Nevertheless, several organisations were stopped by FARDC at checkpoints on their way to Nkunda controlled areas. Substantial clashes of yesterday in Masisi and Ruthsuru showed that certain portions of the territory could easily become inaccessible if the situation remains volatile.

CONTEXT

Substantial clashes have been reported over the past days in Masisi district near Ngungu, Mumba and Bihambwe.

Congolese authorities have surrounded and searched Mapendo neighborhood in Goma where four weapons, 45 army uniforms have been reportedly seized and two persons arrested.

An FARDC navy patrol on Lake Edward came under fire by FDLR/Mayi-Mayi elements on 4th October. This clash is presumably linked to poaching by armed groups in Virunga National Park.

After intense advocacy by MONUC, the checkpoint controlled by Congolese army on the road between Rutshuru and Bunagana was lifted.

An NGO on its way to Mushaki (Masisi) was blocked by FARDC soldiers, at Mugunga gate outside of Goma. OCHA facilitated dialogue between the NGO and military authorities who agreed to let the convoy through. This incident was swiftly resolved. FARDC authorities asked the humanitarian community to allow its men to inspect all assistance to be delivered in Nkunda controlled areas before it is loaded on trucks. Negotiations are underway.

MONUC has redeployed a Mobile Operating Base (MOB) in Mushaki (Masisi) on 4th October. MONUC had to withdraw from Mushaki earlier in September when the region became at high risk of conflict.

Despite OCHA’s advocacy to Mayi-Mayi commander in Shasha area, south of Sake, Mayi-Mayi elements continue to harass IDPs in Don Bosco Center.

POPULATION MOVEMENTS

1,700 displaced families reportedly settled in Kiluku (Masisi) a month ago. These families would be originating from Matanda, Karuba, Bitaba, Kisisi, Ufamandu, Katale and Kabase, in Masisi district. UNICEF/Solidarités will start registration next week.

INGO Save the Children-UK conducted an assessment mission in Masisi town. It’s reporting 3,800 families in Masisi town, Buguri and Kitchanga.

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

UNICEF/Solidarités completed registration of 2,245 displaced families in Kabaya (Rutshuru) who settled mostly in host families. Distribution of non-food items (without plastic sheeting) started on 5th October and should be completed tomorrow.

UNICEF/Solidarités completed distribution of non-food items (without plastic sheeting) to 440 displaced families in Kiwanja (Rutshuru).

WFP/Caritas completed food distribution to 450 displaced families in Kiwanja (Rutshuru).

Registration of IDPs by WFP/Caritas is underway in Mushaki (Masisi). As of 4th October, 2,200 displaced families have been registered and food distributions should start shortly.

The Congolese government decided to distribute to IDPs in Ndosho and EP Lac Vert (west of Goma) the remaining food and non food items donated on 20th September to displaced people in Mugunga. IDPs in Ndosho and EP Lac Vert had received less assistance than others from the previous distributions.

Lab analysis is underway to investigate alleged cases of cholera in Mushaki. If these cases are confirmed, Save the Children UK together with another INGO will intervene tomorrow.

Humanitarian organisations working in Mugunga-Bulengo IDP sites will launch a sensitisation campaign for IDPs on waterborne diseases.


Categories

%d bloggers like this: