Democratic Republic of Congo: Population Movement Emergency appeal n° MDRCD013, Operation update n°4

Period covered by this Ops Update: 27 March to 28 October, 2013.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,011,511.

Appeal coverage: 62%;

Appeal history:

  • This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 27 March, 2013 for CHF 1,122,910 for 6 months to assist 15,000 beneficiaries.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF):
    CHF 150,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond.

  • Operations Update n° 1 and n° 2 published on 16 May and 17 June 2013 respectively providing the status and progress of the response operation.

  • Operations Update n° 3 was published on 30 September, 2013, extending the timeframe by 1 month to end October 2013, and adjusting the budget downwards to CHF 1,011,511 from CHF 1,122,910.

  • This operations update n° 4 is extending the operation further by 3 months until 31 January 2014 and the Final Report will now be made available by 30 April 2014.

Summary: In response to the influx of Central African refugees fleeing the armed conflict that has been pitting Seleka elements and armed groups in the Central African Republic since March 2013, the IFRC launched an Emergency Appeal operation to address the priority needs of the most vulnerable segments of the 21,352 Central African Republic (CAR) refugees and the host communities. After a thorough assessment of the situation supported by an IFRC Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT), an Operations Manager was deployed to oversee this operation. This operation consisted of life and dignity-sustaining interventions in the areas of emergency shelter and non-food items distribution, health and care, water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion, disaster preparedness and risk reduction and the restoration of family links (RFL) for the benefit of pre-identified pockets of refugee populations. These services have been provided for both refugees and host communities along the Ubangi River, and to date, 22,315 beneficiaries have been reached.

The operation was expected to be completed by the end of October 2013; but due to the appeal receiving new contributions only a few weeks before the end of original timeframe and a remaining need for emergency shelter interventions in the target area, this operations has been extended for an additional three months and is expected to be completed by end of January 2014.