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IRC Opening Logistics Base in Central African Republic
The IRC is beginning work on developing a logistics base in Bengui, Central African Republic that will provide emergency services and relief commodities to refugees in the extreme north of the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). “War continues to rage in the Democratic Republic of Congo, recently forcing some 25 to 30 thousand refugees into a remote area of Congo-Brazzaville,” says director of emergency programs, Gerald Martone. “This swampy region near the town of Betou is over a thousand kilometers from the IRC’s office in Brazzaville. So we’ll be opening this new satellite base in Bengui, just 200 kilometers from Betou, to address emergency needs for shelter, clean water, sanitation, and basic health care. Materials will be delivered by barge and road.” He says from Bengui, the IRC will be much better positioned to serve this refugee group and respond to expected increases of refugees into the north of Congo-Brazzaville. IRC’s emergency response team arrived in Bengui November 16, to begin establishing the logistics hub. Meanwhile, a group from IRC’s Congo-Brazzaville office led a first truck convoy carrying critical supplies from Bengui to Betou.
For more information, please contact Gerry Martone, tel. (212) 551-3061 or gerald@theIRC.org