Posted by: APO | 11 October 2007

UN agencies assisting thousands of displaced in eastern DRC

United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC)

Date: 10 Oct 2007


UN agencies assisting thousands of displaced in eastern DRC

10 oct. 07 – 16.43h: At its weekly conference of 10 October 2007, MONUC explained the efforts undertaken by UN agencies to improve the humanitarian situation in eastern DRC and North Kivu in particular, following the latest clashes which caused more displacement of people.

On 9 October 2007, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) team left Goma for Masisi-center to deliver 100 tons of supplies to the NGO MSF-Belgium, and to conduct a quick assessment of the situation of displaced people.

Indeed, since the beginning of September, MSF-Belgium, who manage a health programme in the hospital of Masisi-Center, reported to WFP the influx of newly displaced into the zone.

Escorted by MONUC, the WFP convoy traveled to Karuba where families were found escaping the fighting on foot in the direction of Goma.

In Goma, the WFP proceeded with the unloading of 313 tons of supplies for 18,800 displaced people in Kitembo and Minova. The displaced movements forced WFP to suspend the departure of the trucks, because, to reach Kitembo and Minova, it is necessary to pass by Shasa where clashes are in progress.

WFP is extremely worried about fate of approximately 150,000 displaced people in Masisi, Rutshuru and Kalehe. The majority has been displaced for more than six months, and have not received food aid since August.

The first distributions for diplaced people outside of Goma territory took place on September 28 and 29 on the Shasa-Bweremena axis thanks to Caritas, WFP’s partner. More than 17,100 people benefitted from 285 tons of supplies, or 30 days full rations.

In North Kivu, MONUC and the humanitarian community are currently working on the coordination of a contigency plan in order to be able to best protect and help people affected by fighting in the province.

Meanwhile, the DDR-Phase III programme in Ituri continues, with a total of 1,700 disarmed fighters, with 570 from the MRC (Revolutionary Congolese Movement), 270 from the FNI (Nationalistic and Integrationist Forces) and 870 from the FRPI (Forces of Patriotic Resistance in Ituri).

The DDR programme is expected to end this week. The government expects the MRC and FNI leaders in Kinshasa and FRPI members still have some days to reach the disarmament centres.

Currently, MONUC sustains the FARDC in dynamic actions aimed to incite the groups to disarm.


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