DR Congo: Weekly Humanitarian Update (11 - 15 September 2017)
KASAI REGION CRISIS: SCALING UP RESPONSE FOR DISPLACED PEOPLE; UNICEF LAUNCHES “BACK-TO-SCHOOL” CAMPAIGN
The UN World Food Program has started distributing to more than 22,000 people living in Katoka and Nganza, two localities of Kananga, the capital of Kasai Province. These two neighborhoods were among the most affected by the violence that has ragged on in the area. By the time it wraps up this distribution on 6 October, WFP hopes that it would have distributed food to some 360,000 people. In health, the Congolese organization SANRU launched a 6-months project aimed at providing free health care services to more than 728,000 IDPs, returnees and host communities in Demba, Dimbelenge territories and in the city of Kananga. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a major campaign aimed at bringing back to back to school some 150,000 children. Clashes between militias and the security forces over the past year have led to the displacement of thousands of families, including 850,000 children, leaving them without access to essential services such as education and health care. UNICEF estimates that some 440,000 children, in the five provinces most affected by the crisis - Kasai, Kasai-Central, Kasai-Oriental, Sankuru and Lomami - were prevented from completing the previous school year due to insecurity. More than 400 attacks on schools have been documented. The “Back-to-school” campaign includes communication activities encouraging parents to enroll their children, distributing school materials for the most vulnerable children, training some 2,750 teachers. The school drive will also include a community awareness campaign on the risks associated with mines and unexploded materials in schools. To date, USD 23.7 million, representing 37% of the $64.5 million-emergency appeal launched in April for the Kasai crisis have been received.
TANGANYIKA: NEARLY 12,000 DISPLACED PEOPLE SETTLED IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF KALEMIE SINCE EARLY AUGUST
Since early August, more than 12,000 people who had been displaced in the wake of ethnic violence in Tanganyika have resettled to Mwaka, in the outskirts of the provincial capital Kalemie. An estimated 5,000 were relocated under a programme led by the provincial authorities. According to the findings of an assessment mission led by OCHA, health care, clean water, shelter and food are among their most pressing needs. Humanitarian actors have started responding. Among others, OXFAM, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization and the Salvation are among those who have started providing assistance to the displaced. In sum, humanitarian actors estimate that at least 20,000 people have returned to their homes areas or are transiting through a site while awaiting to return home.
ITURI: CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE AID TO LANDSLIDE SURVIVORS IN TARA
The Chinese Embassy in the DRC has pledged food and non-food for survivors of the landslide that killed over 30 people in mid-August in the village of Tara in Ituri located in the eastern DRC. This aid is also made up of fishing nets and other fishing equipment for this population, whose main occupation is fishing. The Chinese aid is among the latest provided to survivors and residents. The Congolese government, WFP, Congolese NGO Okapi Foundation, have in recent weeks provided assistance.
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