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Kinshasa: First assistance of Caritas network for 2000 households deported from Congo Brazzaville

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Kinshasa, May 20, 2014 (caritasdev.cd): On Monday, May 19, 2014 Caritas network began the distribution of emergency humanitarian assistance to 2,000 households deported from Congo Brazzaville, onto the site of Maluku, about 80 km from the town of Kinshasa .

This is a first action aiming at saving lives and alleviates the suffering of thousands of deportees who are facing a precarious food situation on this site. Each household, even one made up of one person, received a food ration that could allow it to take about a week.

It was made up of 6 kg of rice, 6 kg of bean, 2 kg of salt, 3 liters of vegetable oil and 5 canned sardines.

On Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the late afternoon, 665 households and 1685 people were deported and grouped into 24 "villages" onto the site of Maluku, where three rotations bus had carried out newcomers, not yet taken into account on the same day.

This aid is the result of the solidarity expressed by Caritas Germany (DCV), Caritas International Belgium (CIBe), Caritas United States (CRS), Caritas Netherlands (Cordaid), Caritas England and Wales (CAFOD) and Caritas Congo Asbl acting all through Caritas of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa.

Caritas network is working to come up with another support, more importantly, which will include essential household items. Because, on the ground, many needs remain unmet, particularly in terms of shelter, cooking utensils, bedding and other blankets in the dawn of the dry season.

Housing conditions still precarious

Housing conditions are still precarious, because, although the site appeared too spacious, it was not prepared enough to receive a large number of people. It served as a police academy in the recent past.

"Difficulties are especially in terms of hosting capacity. We do not have a lot of tarpaulins. We planned to host nearly 5,000 people, if we added 300 tarpaulins. Unfortunately, we still face some difficulties , but nevertheless , deportees are there, housed and we take care of them with the means available, "said Mrs.
Victorine Milandu Monika , acting Secretary-General for Humanitarian Actions and National Solidarity, speaking to journalists Monday on the site of Maluku . She recognized the problem of food for those deportees, wishing they get something to eat every day. "But the outstanding challenge is to see them return home. Some would like to return to their home provinces whereas others are native of Kinshasa, but families have low hosting capacity. Therefore, we should work in order to facilitate their socio-economic reintegration, “she said. The first category wants to return quickly in the provinces. "If we speed up the process of their return to the provinces, that would make things easier, especially before the wave of deportees whose number is likely to increase from day to day,” said the Secretary-General for Humanitarian Actions and National Solidarity.

Recipients so satisfied of the aid

It is against this backdrop, that Caritas aid recipients welcomed the aid as it allows them to have hot meals for several days. "I am so glad and I thank Caritas for its support; especially after the evidences collected in recent weeks in Brazzaville and difficult life in the stadium of Cardinal Malula "said Mrs. Julienne Lola.
Mother of four, deported from Brazzaville and placed on the site of Maluku for four days, after spending two days at Cardinal Malula Stadium. "My thanks go to Caritas for thinking of us. This is the first time we receive such aid "said Mr Jean Kongolitanga. He had preferred to leave Brazzaville May 10, 2014, before the end of deportation countdown against Congolese from DR Congo.

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Translated by Edhosal Tshibanda In-house translator&interpreter Caritas congo ASBL