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30 Nov 2012 description

Minneapolis, MN (November 27, 2012)—The crisis in the Congo worsened this week in the wake of rebel advances in the eastern part of the country. Families have been forced from their homes and are fleeing for safety in Rwanda, Uganda, and other parts of Congo. They join the more than 400,000 other Congolese men, women, and children who have fled their homes this year alone.

The American Refugee Committee is responding to the crisis.

24 Aug 2012 description

ARC Working with Local Communities to Help Refugees Who Fled to Uganda from Five African Countries

Kampala, Uganda (August 24, 2012)—Recent violence in Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo has forced thousands of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighboring Uganda. In the Ugandan settlements where refugees live, violence against women is a growing concern.

26 Oct 2009 description

October 26, 2009, Minneapolis, MN - On Wednesday, Antonio Guterres, the head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, visited Nyabeheke, a refugee camp in eastern Rwanda managed by the American Refugee Committee, to learn more about the situation facing Congolese refugees.

"We were pleased to host High Commissioner Guterres, who thanked us for our work as principal implementing partner for the United Nations in three refugee camps," said Barry Wheeler, American Refugee Committee country director for Rwanda.

13 Aug 2009 description

Minneapolis, MN (13 August 2009) - On her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the situation of rape as epidemic and horrific. She visited a country in the midst of the deadliest war since World War II, and where, in some villages, more than 90 percent of the women have been raped.

For years, the American Refugee Committee has been on the frontlines to help women recover from these unspeakable horrors and to take back control of their lives.

24 Jan 2002 description

The current situation is a bit chaotic, with numerous organizations distributing goods and in some cases overlapping with others. Rain has created an immediate need for temporary shelter for 300,000 people.

23 Jan 2002 description

I have just returned from the DRC. All seems to be coming together.

22 Jan 2002 description

Minneapolis, January 22, 2002 - The American Refugee Committee has stepped up its efforts to help victims of the devastating volcano eruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and appealed to the public for help.

21 Jan 2002 description


Camps were set up in Rwanda (Gisenyi and Ruhengeri provinces) on Friday and Saturday for the refugees. Only 7,000 of an estimated 300,000 who had crossed into Rwanda following the eruption are left in the three remaining camps. Also 180,000 people are stranded on the other side of the divided city of Goma, deeper into Congo, without drinkable water, sanitation, medical care or electricity.
People are crowded on pavements, sleeping on the beach and drinking water from the heavily polluted lake without food or sanitation, causing UN officials to fear a possible cholera outbreak.

20 Jan 2002 description

The border between Goma and Gisenyi, Rwanda, is in complete confusion. You have people trying to exit Goma and others from Gisenyi trying to return. Cars are not moving. Actually you have to park cars about two kilometers from the border and walk to the border.

18 Jan 2002 description

Minneapolis, January 18, 2002 - With hundreds of thousands of people on the run from lava flows in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the American Refugee Committee will expand its operations in neighboring Rwanda to provide relief.

07 Nov 2001 description


The American Refugee Committee has launched a program to provide aid to victims of war and unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). ARC will provide water, sanitation, food security, health education and training to displaced persons and returning refugees.

14 Nov 1996 description

November 14, 1996. Minneapolis -- The American Refugee Committees (ARC) Zaire crisis team is stockpiling medicine and other supplies to provide emergency assistance to thousands of suffering refugees uprooted by fighting and in desperate need of food, water, and medical care. The refugees will be invited to repatriate along humanitarian corridors once a multinational security force is in place to guarantee the safety of relief workers and the security of international aid.