IRC steps up aid for Congolese caught in the middle of armed conflicts in South Kivu
In 2012, the IRC has provided more than 37,000 people who have been displaced by recent fighting in South Kivu with emergency supplies including mattresses, blankets, clothing, soap, and cooking utensils. (Photo: Sinziana Demian/IRC)
By Sinziana Demian
SOUTH KIVU PROVINCE, Democratic Republic of Congo 23 Apr 2012 – The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is intensifying its emergency response throughout the province in order to address the needs of hundreds of thousands of recent internally displaced people here as a result of increased fighting among various armed actors.
“The needs are enormous, so we are currently intervening at twice the pace we had initially envisaged for this year,” said Olivier Corbet, the coordinator of IRC’s RRMP program. “We have a global mandate to assist the displaced, so we are not concentrating on any one area or any one crisis in particular, but working to help the people that are in most need of help.”