Democratic Republic of Congo: Population Movement - DREF operation n° MDRCD012

Summary: CHF 131,815 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Democratic Republic of Congo Red Cross National Society (DRCRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,727 beneficiaries. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

The villages of Pandu and Guele in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are experiencing a population influx from the villages of Gbasiki and Gbazamba in the Central African Republic (CAR). These populations, estimated at 1,727 people, are fleeing atrocities being committed by armed elements who invaded their home villages since June 2012, forcing them to cross the Ubangi River and seek refuge in the DRC. While refugees started arriving in June, the numbers have been steadily increasing and became concerning in August, when the number reached an unprecedented 1,727 people.

Information currently available does not allow for a detailed understanding of the situation in the DRC, but it is certain that the CAR refugees are living in precarious conditions and require urgent assistance. The two locations where refugees are settling are a long way from Kinshasa, access to these areas is through CAR as theses localities are closer to Bangui and Djokou (CAR). Currently 120 volunteers are registering refugees as they arrive at the two sites, and have identified needs to include shelter, food, non-food, latrines, water supply, health care and restoring family links. However, preliminary findings need to be verified and the scope of support validated. In order to support these volunteers and local branches, this DREF will enable the DRCRC and the IFRC Regional Representation for Central Africa to conduct a joint assessment of the situation in the DRC, and at the same time distribute essential non-food items to the most vulnerable refugees.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 2 months, and will therefore be completed by the end of October, 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by the end of January 2013).