"The humanitarian situation is terrible. In the Kibati camps, I saw people in extreme distress, including women and children, and elderly people," said Max Hadorn, the ICRC's head of delegation, currently visiting North Kivu. "To help them, we have set up an emergency operation to meet the most urgent needs: water, food and hygiene."
The aid distributions are organized in close partnership with many volunteers from the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who have been working non-stop since last week to ensure proper sanitation in the Kibati camps and to promote good hygiene practices there. They also installed latrines with ICRC support.
The ICRC reminds all parties to the conflict of their obligation under international humanitarian law to preserve the lives and health of civilians, the wounded and persons captured in connection with the conflict. In addition, the parties to the conflict have an obligation to refrain from harming objects indispensable to the survival of the population such as foodstuffs, livestock and drinking water installations. The warring parties must also authorize and facilitate the passage of relief supplies intended for the civilian population.
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Olga Miltcheva, ICRC Goma, tel. +243
81 03 66 812
Pierre-Emmanuel Ducruet, ICRC Kinshasa, tel. +243 81 70 08 536
Anna Schaaf, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24
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