DR Congo

DR Congo: OCHA Humanitarian Situation Update No. 06 - North Kivu, 05 Nov 2008

Situation Report
Originally published
- New clashes in Kiwanja

- Food distribution started in the IDP sites around Goma

- 3,5 millions USD needed for urgent needs in the education sector

Political and security context

- New clashes were reported in the zone of Kiwanja since the afternoon of 4 November. After a break during night hours, fighting has continued on 5 November. Due to the intensity of the fighting, the population is blocked in their houses.

- Increasing protection concerns and security risks in the sites in Kibati, due to the proximity of the CNDP and FARDC positions. The tension between the forces may cause an outbreak of panic and new displacements of the population.

- The axis Kanyabayonga- Kikiku- Nyanzale is reportedly marked by security risks for humanitarians.

Assistance and identified needs


- In the morning of 5 November, WFP in collaboration with ICRC has started food distribution in the six camps of Kibati, and in Mugunga I, Mugunga II, Bulengo, Buhimba and Nzulo. The distribution will last until 8 November, serving 135.022 IDP beneficiaries.


- To avoid the propagation of the disease in the health zone of Rutshuru, measles vaccinations will have to be launched as soon as security permits. Likewise, urgent coordinated efforts are needed to contain the spread of cholera: reactivating or establishing disease surveillance for purpose of early warning and mechanisms for outbreak response must be considered priorities, hand- in- hand with urgent measures to improve water and sanitation conditions.

- The Central Office of the Health Zone in Rutshuru (BCZS) announces the rupture of stocks in the HIV/AIDS testing and PTME centres. Also of concern is the nutritional status of persons receiving ARV treatment.

- In the framework of a project supporting health structures in the zone of Kayna, MERLIN, on 4 November, sent medical stocks to 12 health structures and the General Hospital in Kayna.


- Closing of all schools in the combat zones; some are reportedly occupied by IDPs.

- School kits for primary 1st and 2nd forms, ordered under the Project Back to School/North Kivu, are available in Goma and could serve 500 000 pupils. The initial distribution plan must be revised because of population movements and limited access.

- In collaboration with WFP, a food distribution program in 200 schools in North Kivu is under preparation.

- A program targeting 15 000 school drop- outs, planned in collaboration with the authorities of National Education and Social Affairs, is temporarily suspended.

- According to the principal partners of Education in North Kivu (AVSI, JRS, IRC, Save the Children, etc.), the most urgent needs of the sector are around 3.5 million USD.


- A cargo plane from Belgium has transported 19,800 kg of NFIs to Goma. OCHA is facilitating the coordination with the Logistics cluster.

For more information, also visit : http://www.rdc- humanitaire.net


- Christophe Illemassene, Information Manager, OCHA RDC, illemassene@un.org, Tél.: +243 819 889 195

- Ivo Brandau, Chargé d'information OCHA- RDC, brandau@un.org, Tél. : + 243 815 142 956

- Noel Tsekouras, Desk Officer OCHA New York, tsekouras@un.org, Tél.: + 1 917 367 93 67

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