DR Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo: Population Movement Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRCD014

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In early 2014, a large repatriation of individuals from the Republic of Congo to the Democratic Republic of the Congo began. By April, the numbers had reached more than 80,000 individuals. Many individuals are being repatriated back to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, until they are able to return to their provinces of origin. Others are being repatriated back to their home provinces. Of the individuals that have returned, approximately 3,000 are sheltered in the Kinshasa council office and stadium.

Accommodation conditions are minimal at these sites and the returnees are in need of essential food and non-food supplies. The conditions are crowded with low hygiene and sanitary conditions which raises the risks of infectious diseases and epidemics. While awaiting registration and processing, the returnees spend the day and evening in the open without proper emergency shelter exposing them to the elements.