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World Vision has stepped up its relief response in eastern DR Congo

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The latest fighting has displaced an estimated 250,000 people and the security situation remains tense and volatile. The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) reports that there are 25,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) without assistance near Beni. World Vision E-DRC is currently carrying out an assessment in the region to identify needs and appropriate areas of assistance. New IDPs have also been identified in Lubero and Butembo from Rutshuru region where World Vision is working. World Vision's planned interventions include sanitation, Non Food Items (NFIs), food and protection.

RELIEF INTERVENTIONS

Non Food Item Distributions

World Vision has distributed NFIs to 900 IDP families in Shasha camp. Another 100 host families near Shasha camp have also been reached. Distribution also commenced this week for 3,000 identified and registered families in Minova .

During this last week of November, USD115,000 worth of medication is being distributed to four hospitals in Goma including those that are treating patients of gender-based violence, orthopedics and opthalmology, a nutrition centre, cholera isolation and a reference hospital.

Protection

As part of its ongoing support of Beni's Children Parliament, World Vision is providing guidance, training and a cultural day centred around messages of stopping violence against children. Seven hundred children attended the event.

Community protection committees established in the Kirotshe Health Zone axis are now active and have started monitoring and referring protection concerns to WV and other protection specialist organizations/agencies. In depth trainings on human rights standards and protection is being provided to these committees.

Water and Sanitation

World Vision will be providing water sources to the Kirotshe - Shasha axis. This has been coordinated with Oxfam, who are also providing water to neighbouring communities.

World Vision will be involved in management of waste dumps, waste disposal, waste ditches, as well as household showers.

Refugees

World Vision has carried out scenario planning on the issue of refugees. The plans seek to determine the possible movements of refugee populations in line with OCHA and UNHCR reports. Plans are to ensure that World Vision is adequately prepared to respond accordingly to the challenge of refugees.

The scenarios are:

South Kivu - possible scenario of 250,000 new IDPs.

Burundi - Possibly 10,000 to 20,000 people over a 2-3 month period, with about 5-10% staying with host families.

Worst case scenario is to have about 20,000-50,000 refugees arriving across the border.

Rwanda - possible scenario is 50,000-100,000 refugees from North Kivu. There are 36,000 Rwandan nationals living in the Kivu region who may want to return if instability increases.

Uganda - More than 12,000 refugees have already crossed the border, while 7,000 refugees have settled in Uganda and would like to stay near the border.

S. Sudan - WV is already responding to refugees arriving across the border. There are an estimated 3,500 refugees in four areas.