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close this bookICRC Activities in the Congo (Brazzaville): 1994 - 20 April 2000 (International Committee of the Red Cross , 56 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentAnnual report 1994: Congo
View the documentAnnual report 1995: Zaire (delegation also covers the Congo)
View the document13 November 1996: Update No. 96/4 on ICRC activities in Zaire
View the documentAnnual report 1996: Congo
View the document15 May 1997 - ICRC News 97/18: Congo: Emergency operation for Rwandan refugees
View the document11 June 1997 - ICRC News 97/22: Republic of Congo: ICRC back at work
View the document12 June 1997 - Press Release 97/18: Republic of Congo: ICRC urges respect for humanitarian rules
View the document17 June 1997: Update No. 97/01 on ICRC activities in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)
View the document18 June 1997 - ICRC News 97/23: Republic of Congo: ICRC resumes work in Brazzaville
View the document25 June 1997 - ICRC News 97/24: Republic of Congo: A light in the darkness
View the document16 July 1997 - ICRC News 97/27: Republic of Congo: The exodus continues
View the document23 July 1997 - ICRC News 97/28: Republic of Congo: Daily supplies ferried across river Congo
View the document7 August 1997 - ICRC News 97/30: Republic of the Congo: Front-line activities
View the document28 August 1997 - ICRC News 33: Brazzaville and Kinshasa: Medical aid on both sides of the river Congo
View the document5 September 1997 - ICRC News 34: Brazzaville/Kinshasa: Relief work progressing
View the document17 September 1997 - ICRC News 97/36: Republic of Congo: Water and hygiene: A priority
View the document28 October 1997: Update No. 97/03 on ICRC activities in Congo-Brazzaville
View the document24 November 1997 - Press Release 97/31: ICRC deplores death of Red Cross volunteer in Brazzaville
View the document4 December 1997 - ICRC News 97/48: Republic of the Congo: Water running again in Brazzaville
View the document24 December 1997: Update No. 97/04 on ICRC activities in the Republic of the Congo-Brazzaville
View the documentAnnual Report 1997: Republic of the Congo
View the document9 January 1998 - ICRC News 98/01: Republic of Congo: Red Cross messages: A success story
View the document8 April 1998 ICRC - News 98/14: Republic of the Congo: Open day for the Brazzaville media
View the document4 May 1998 98/01: Update No. 98/01 on ICRC activities in the Republic of the Congo
View the document23 December 1998 - ICRC News 98/51: Republic of the Congo: Renewed fighting in Brazzaville
View the documentAnnual Report 1998: Republic of the Congo
View the document12.08.1999 - Fact Sheet: ICRC in the Republic of Congo
View the document23 December 1999 - ICRC News 99/51: Republic of the Congo: ICRC visits pool region
View the document26 January 2000: Fact sheet: ICRC in the Republic of Congo
View the document17 February 2000 - ICRC News 00/05: Republic of the Congo: Assistance for refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
View the document23 March 2000 - ICRC News 00/10: Republic of the Congo: Displaced persons return to their villages from Brazzaville
View the document6 April 2000 - ICRC News 00/12: Rwanda: ICRC repatriates Zimbabwean prisoner of war
View the document6 April 2000 - ICRC News 00/12: Republic of the Congo: ICRC starts humanitarian flights to northern Pool
View the document20 April 2000 - ICRC News 00/14: Republic of the Congo: Last IDPs return home

4 December 1997 - ICRC News 97/48: Republic of the Congo: Water running again in Brazzaville

“Thanks to you, life can start again in Brazzaville!” This was the emphatic tribute paid to the ICRC by an engineer from the national water supply company (SNDE) as the precious liquid began to flow again from the Djiri water pumping station.

Since late October the ICRC has been doing its utmost to restore the drinking water supply in the capital. Brazzaville had been without running water and electricity since the early days of the conflict, which broke out on 5 June 1997. Previously, the inhabitants - who are now returning to their homes in increasing numbers - had been obliged to use the tanks installed by the ICRC, which were regularly replenished from its water tankers, at various points in the city.

The ICRC took care of logistics and supplied the cables needed to repair the power line feeding the Djiri water pumping station. After several weeks’ work and with the provision of over 100 tonnes of chemicals to purify the water, the station was back in service on 27 November with an output of 45 million litres per day. Another 30 million litres are being supplied by the second station in Djouwhich is also receiving ICRC support.

The people of Brazzaville expressed joy and relief at the return of the water supply. The lines of women and children carrying buckets to the distribution points have almost disappeared. “During the war, we had forgotten what normal life was like, when we could wash, quench our thirst and cook without having to count the number of glasses of water we used”, said one woman, visibly happy at seeing the water running again from the taps in her area.

The work is not yet over, however: there are countless leaks in the supply network because of the heavy shelling which devastated the city. With the help of the ICRC engineers, around a hundred leaks have already been repaired, and there are plans to install between 200 and 300 public distribution points in places where the network is too badly damaged.

The ICRC has made a commitment to the Congolese engineers to guarantee, at least until spring 1998, the supply and transportation of chemical products, maintenance equipment and tools needed to ensure that the two water supply stations can continue to function.