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close this bookICRC Activities in Zaire/Democratic Republic of Congo: 1994 - 3 February 1999 (International Committee of the Red Cross , 124 p.)
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View the documentZaïre: Masisi - a forgotten conflict
View the documentZaire: ICRC resumes activities in Masisi
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View the documentZaire: tragic plane crash in Kinshasa
View the documentRwanda/Zaire: “ICRC transit service”
View the documentZaire: new humanitarian emergency in North Kivu
View the documentUpdate No. 96/1 on ICRC activities in Rwanda
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View the documentUpdate No. 96/1 on ICRC activities in Zaire
View the documentKivu: a major human tragedy in the making
View the documentTribute to Zairian Red Cross volunteers
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View the documentBreaking the humanitarian deadlock in Kivu
View the documentUpdate No. 96/2 on ICRC activities in Zaire
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View the documentGreat Lakes: ICRC ready to act
View the documentUpdate No. 96/4 on ICRC activities in Zaire
View the documentGreat Lakes: volunteers in action
View the documentZaire: ICRC operation gets under way
View the documentUpdate No. 96/5 on ICRC activities in Zaire
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View the documentGreat lakes: displaced: a zairian’s firsthand account “I had to cover 220 miles on foot”
View the documentUpdate No. 96/8 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentUpdate No. 9 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentRwanda: 1,000 children already reunited with their families
View the documentUpdate No. 10 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentUpdate No. 11 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentUpdate No. 12 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentUpdate No. 13 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentUpdate No. 14 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentUpdate No. 15 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentZaire: ICRC still only organization working in Shabunda
View the documentUpdate No. 16 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
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View the documentUpdate No. 1 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentRwanda: refugees return to Kamembe
View the documentRwanda: nearly 8,000 children reunited with their families
View the documentUpdate No. 97/02 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian crisis
View the documentUpdate No. 97/03 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian conflict
View the documentUpdate No. 97/04 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian conflict
View the documentZaire: back in Kisangani
View the documentZaire: ICRC demands access to conflict victims
View the documentZaire: airlift for displaced Zairians
View the documentZaire: Lives of thousands of refugees at stave
View the documentZaire: More than 2,000 Zairians back home
View the documentUpdate No. 97/6 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian conflict
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View the documentUpdate No. 97/8 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian conflict
View the documentZaire: More work for the tracing agency
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View the documentUpdate No. 9 on ICRC activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and neighbouring countries
View the documentRwanda: Do you know this child?
View the documentDemocratic Republic of Congo: Homeward bound
View the documentUpdate No. 97/10 on ICRC activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (former Zaire)
View the documentBrazzaville and Kinshasa: Medical aid on both sides of the river Congo
View the documentUpdate No. 2 on ICRC activities in Congo-Brazzaville
View the documentBrazzaville/Kinshasa: Relief work progressing
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: Priority in Kivu given to clean water and medical care
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: Displaced people go home on barges
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo
View the documentICRC denounces killing of employee in Kinshasa
View the documentThe ICRC condemns and deplores two serious security incidents
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC opens office in Bunia
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: Health programme in Oriental province
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: inauguration of limb-fitting workshop in Kinshasa
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC appeals for compliance with humanitarian rules
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: First visits to detainees and water for population
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: Water and war
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC gains access to further place of detention in Kinshasa
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: Visits to detainees and family news
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View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC opens an office in Kalemie

Update No. 97/6 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian conflict

25 April 1997

ICRC air bridge for internally displaced continues

Since 15 April, more than 3,500 Zairian displaced have been flown back from Kisangani to Goma and Bukavu, despite technical problems which grounded two aircraft for two days. For most of the week, a Hercules and a B-727 carried out two to three rotations per day. When the airlift started, priority was given to unaccompanied children and other vulnerable groups who require special attention after their five-month journey through the forest. Most of the 150 children who made up the first group of passengers were reunited with their families soon after their arrival in Goma or Bukavu. The remainder are being taken care of by orphanages. Efforts are being made to locate their relatives using the tracing network built up over the past months in cooperation with the Zairian Red Cross.

The humanitarian situation south of Kisangani

The ICRC is deeply concerned that for the past week humanitarian organizations, including the Zairian Red Cross and the ICRC, have not been able to reach the refugees scattered along the railway line leading to Ubundu.

Assistance for returnees under way

In Kisangani, delegates are working around the clock to prepare an estimated 10,000 remaining internally displaced for their homeward flight. All displaced, most of whom stay in Kisangani town, pass through so-called “site H”. They are grouped according to their area of origin and special attention is paid to ensure that family members can travel together. While waiting at site H, which can accommodate around 3,500 people, they are supplied with food. Relief items continue to be brought to Kisangani from Nairobi on regular shuttle flights. Two ICRC nurses are on hand to prepare the injured or sick for the short journey back home. The medical team has accompanied several flights carrying children and other vulnerable groups.

On arrival in Goma or Bukavu, returnees will receive resettlement kits to facilitate their reintegration. Delegates in Uvira continue to distribute food and non-food relief to a steady stream of Zairian refugees and internally displaced returning to Uvira from Kalemie, Fizi and Kigoma (Tanzania). In Goma, Bukavu and Uvira preparations are also being made to ensure that as many as 250,000 returnees have access to safe drinking water and basic medical care.

On 23 April, ICRC delegates flew to Kalemie, south of Uvira, to assess the situation of internally displaced and coordinate their return. Another similar mission is currently being carried out in Lubumbashi, where an ICRC team is establishing contact with the new authorities to be able to continue its humanitarian activities in the provinces of Shaba and Kasai.

In Kivu, routine ICRC tracing, medical and water and sanitation activities continue largely uninterrupted. Tracing delegates are especially busy taking care of unaccompanied children arriving from Kisangani and locating their families in cooperation with the Zairian Red Cross.

Kinshasa

As far as possible, the delegation in Kinshasa, with a staff of six expatriates, is maintaining its detention, tracing and medical activities and preparing for a possible emergency situation. As part of these preparations, two delegates are based in Brazzaville, Congo, where emergency stocks have been stored.