Tens of thousands uprooted in North Kivu face disease and malnutrition as conflict spreads
Democratic Republic of Congo 21 Nov 2012 -
The threat of cholera and diarrhea is particularly high. Health workers had been recording 60 cases of cholera a day in Kanyaruchinya, a camp north of Goma, that has been vacated in the meantime.
Veilleux expresses concern about increasing human rights abuses, noting pervasive and targeted attacks against civilians by various armed groups.
The IRC has been operating in the region since 1996 and is currently the largest aid organization in the Kivus, reaching an estimated 1.8 million people. Our current programs focus on emergency assistance, healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment, education and strengthening communities’ capacity for recovery. Since the current conflict escalated a few months ago, the IRC played a pivotal role in containing a cholera outbreak and assisting in community reconstruction following armed conflict in the Rutshuru District to the north of Goma.
As soon as it is granted safe passage, the IRC will carry out rapid assessments in order to gauge needs to inform emergency programming in women’s protection and empowerment, environmental health, primary healthcare and assistance to displaced populations.