Photos: emergency supplies for uprooted women in Congo
January 3, 2013 by The IRC
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo -
Thousands of people displaced by recent fighting in eastern Congo remain in limbo. Many were forced to flee their homes with only the clothes on their backs.
This week the International Rescue Committee delivered emergency relief supplies to nearly 2,100 uprooted families in North Kivu province, focusing on items that can help make life in camps and shelters a little safer and more comfortable for women and girls.
These emergency kits included soap and buckets for washing, traditional pagne cloth for women’s clothing, underwear and sanitary items, flip-flops (many of the women were wearing worn-out shoes, or no shoes at all), a flashlight and batteries, and a whistle.
Aisha Bain, the IRC 's emergency team leader in Congo, shared these photos of this afternoon’s aid distribution:
Photos: Aisha Bain/IRC
The IRC is expanding our emergency response in both North and South Kivu provinces, with a focus on emergency food, health care, cholera prevention and treatment, clean water and sanitation, and assistance for survivors of sexual violence.
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