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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

13 November 1996: Update No. 96/4 on ICRC activities in Zaire

The major breakthrough necessary for humanitarian aid to gain access to over one million people affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Zaire has still not been achieved. However, efforts at international level are underway to find a solution in the coming days.

Ongoing ICRC activities

Today, the ICRC is restaffing its subdelegation in Goma with 2 expatriates. Thirty five of its local employees and volunteers of the Zairian Red Cross, who remained active during the past few days, have been given emergency medical supplies for the hospital in Goma.

During the past few days, the ICRC held talks in Bukavu with the leadership of the rebels on protection and assistance in areas controlled by them. Local employees of the ICRC, the International Federation and the Zairian Red Cross have also maintained Red Cross activities in Bukavu with what limited means are available. The subdelegation is expected to be restaffed and resupplied in the days ahead.

The ICRC has assisted the district hospital in Maweni, Tanzania, which has already received 23 wounded refugees who crossed Lake Tanganyika, and is prepared to provide ad-hoc non-food assistance for refugees arriving in Kigoma, Tanzania, if needed. In Kibuye, Rwanda, the ICRC is also helping, on an ad-hoc basis, to settle in a new camp several thousand Banyarwandan refugees who used to live in a camp close to the Zairian border in Gisenyi, Rwanda.

An ICRC office has been opened in Kisangani, which will play a pivotal role as a logistical base.

In Kinshasa, the ICRC was able to visit prisons and to see detainees belonging to vulnerable minorities.

The ICRC is also monitoring the situation of persons crossing to Brazzaville, Congo. Several hundred people have been assisted by the Congolese Red Cross, the International Federation and the ICRC.

In Nairobi, an ICRC chartered C-130 Hercules transport plane loaded with relief goods is ready to take off as soon as the relevant authorizations are obtained in Zaire.

Coordination of humanitarian operations

Today, the ICRC is attending a humanitarian coordination meeting organized in Geneva by the UNDHA where the key organizations are holding urgent talks on their plans of action. Coordination meetings held in the field, in Kinshasa, in Nairobi, in Kigali and in any other locations are attended by the ICRC heads of delegation.