DR Congo

DR Congo: Urgent need to intensify humanitarian aid

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Malteser International distributes food to more than 30,000 internally displaced persons

Cologne/Bukavu: In Minova, the region on the border between North and South Kivu in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malteser International is distributing around 1,000 tons of food supplies to more than 6,000 families who have had to flee because of the conflict in North Kivu. "Together with other relief organisations, we have done an assessment in the region of Minova and counted 30,645 internally displaced persons (IDPs)", Dr. Georg Nothelle, Head of the Africa Department of Malteser International explains. "Within one week we will distribute foodstuffs such as flour, vegetables, oil and salt to all of the families. A second distribution campaign is planned for December."

The distribution will be financially supported by the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP) which aims to assure the food supply for the IDPs during the next two months. Further distribution campaigns for January 2009 are already being planned. Since the flare-up of the unrest around the city of Goma, Malteser International initially increased the psycho-social care for the IDPs in Minova.

In order to build on the relief efforts for the growing number of internally displaced persons, Malteser International is in urgent need of donations:

Donation Account 2020122;
Pax-Bank Köln, von-Werth-Str. 25-27, D-50670 Köln, Germany,
Sort Code : 370 60 193; IBAN : DE93 3706 0193 0002 0201 22; BIC: GENODED1PAX
Reference : "Congo"
Or online at www.malteser-spenden.de or http://www.maltarelief.org

Malteser International is working in South Kivu already since 1996. Currently, there are 80 local and two international staff members working on the spot, implementing projects in the sectors of health care, food security, psycho-social care and the rehabilitation of infrastructure.

Attention Editorial Offices: Dr. Georg Nothelle, Head of the Africa Department of Malteser International, is available for interviews. Please contact ++49 / 2 21 98 22- 213.

Malteser International is the worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid. The organisation provides aid in about 200 projects in more than 20 countries without distinction of religion, race or political persuasion. Christian values and the humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence are the foundation of its work. For further information: www.malteser-international.org and www.orderofmalta.org