|ICRC Activities in the Congo (Brazzaville): 1994 - 20 April 2000 (International Committee of the Red Cross , 56 p.)|
Hundreds of people have been wounded and an unspecified number killed in fighting that has raged through Brazzaville since 5 June. Tens of thousands have fled the city as a result of the shelling, some headed north, others south.
Obliged for security reasons to temporarily withdraw its expatriate staff on 26 June, the ICRC has nevertheless continued to provide largely medical assistance to hospitals and health-care posts through its local staff and the Congolese Red Cross, still actively assisting the victims.
On 9 July the ICRC received permission from the authorities in Kinshasa for expatriate staff to cross the Congo river, thereby enabling two tonnes of medicines and food to be dispatched urgently to Mbambu island, a precarious refuge (given the lack of drinking water and sanitary facilities) for the 3,000 displaced people who have gone there.
A cease-fire came into force on 15 June, but widespread uncertainty remains as to whether it will be observed on the ground.