DR Congo: Weekly Humanitarian Update (10 - 16 July 2017)
KASAI: CLOSE TO 700 CHILDREN REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES
On 05 July 2017, the European Commission announced a new allocation of 5 million euros for emergency assistance to populations affected by the conflict that has been raging in the Kasai region since August 2016. Several areas of Kasai, Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental and Sankuru provinces are facing a food emergency situation. Protection needs are exponential due to the persistence of violence and its ethnic dimension. Some 695 separated or unaccompanied children have been reunited with their families; over 34,000 displaced children have received protection assistance (psychosocial support, formal and non-formal education activities, awareness-raising) with the support of UNICEF and its partners over the past six months. The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Kasai region is still rising, with 60,000 new IDPs reported since the publication of our last situation report published on 22 June.
TANGANYIKA: WATER AND HYGIENE SERVICES TO 72,000 PEOPLE
This week, the international NGO OXFAM GB launched a 3-month project aimed at providing water and hygiene and sanitation services to over 47,000 people, including some 13,000 IDPs, in Nyemba (135 km from Kalemie) and Luizi (62 km from Nyunzu). This project aims to set up hydraulic structures, pumping stations, wells, latrines and showers as well as chlorination points This is the first humanitarian intervention in this displacement area where IDPs started arriving in July 2016 due to renewed violence opposing Twa and Luba communities. On 09 July, NGOs International Rescue Committee and AVSI launched another project in four displacement sites around Kalemie. IDPs will be supplied with water through a system of water pumping and water trucking, the construction of latrines and showers, the installation of handwashing points. These IDPs fled from the violence that occurred early July between the Batwa and the Bantu militia near Moni displacement site in Kalemie.
NORTH KIVU: CHOLERA EPIDEMIC OFFICIAL DECLARED IN GOMA
Provincial health authorities on 11 July confirmed a cholera epidemic in the city of Goma and its surroundings. From 26 June to 10 July, the Provincial Health Division reported 457 cases of cholera and 4 deaths. The dysfunctional water supply company, the use of untreated water from Lake Kivu, poor infrastructures and a dry season that lasted longer than usual are cited as factors that contributed to the outbreak. Seven cholera treatment centers are operational as well as 6 water purification points.
ITURI: REFUGEES AND HOST COMMUNITIES TARGETED BY WASH ASSISTANCE
On 01 July, the NGO Solidarités International launched a 6-month water and health project targeting South Sudan refugees, Congolese citizens who have fled South Sudan and host families in Ingbokolo, in the northern territory of Aru. This $600,000-dollar project, funded by the Canadian Government and which will run until 31 December 2017, will provide, among other things, over 140 latrines and showers, wells and water points. The project will also assist health structures in the area. This assistance is deemed vital considering the demographic pressure of refugees on the host population, the difficult access to drinking water and the risks of outbreak of water-related diseases. As of 30 June, 80,775 South Sudanese refugees were registered by provincial authorities in Haut Uele and Ituri. Some 43,000 South Sudanese refugees are hosted in Aru Territory.
HAUT UELE AND ITURI: OVER 50,000 PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM FOOD ASSISTANCE
The World Food Programme has launched food assistance activities for more than 50,000 internally displaced people including refugees, malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women. WFP has targeted over 25,000 refugees for cash assistance in Meri (Haut Uele) and Biringi (Ituri) sites. Over 14 tons of food will be distributed to more than 4,000 beneficiaries in Boga and Gety health zones, Irumu Territory (Ituri). More than 14,000 South Sudanese refugees hosted in Dungu (Haut Uele) will receive nearly 160 tons of food. Finally, an additional 125 tons of food will be distributed to 7,500 IDPs located between Tchabi and Bwakadi in Ituri Province.
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.