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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
View the documentGreat Lakes Region: assistance in Goma
View the documentBreaking the humanitarian deadlock in Kivu
View the documentUpdate No. 96/2 on ICRC activities in Zaire
View the documentUpdate No. 96/3 on ICRC activities in Zaire
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
View the documentUpdate No. 96/6 on ICRC activities in Zaire
View the documentUpdate No. 96/7 on ICRC activities in Zaire
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
View the documentZaire, (delegation also covers the Congo)
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
View the documentZaire
View the documentZaire: Ten volunteers of the Zairian Red Cross killed in Kenge
View the documentUpdate No. 97/8 on ICRC activities related to the Zairian conflict
View the documentZaire: More work for the tracing agency
View the documentDemocratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire): After the storm
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
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo
View the documentCentral African Republic: Congolese civilians arrive in Bangui
View the documentDemocratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC opens an office in Kalemie

Update No. 9 on ICRC activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and neighbouring countries

22 May 1997

Kinshasa operations resume day after takeover

ICRC activities in Kinshasa resumed on Sunday, 18 May, one day after the ADFL’s takeover of the capital. All of the work done over the weekend was carried out in excellent cooperation with the National Red Cross Society. Volunteers collected 200 dead from the streets of Kinshasa and evacuated several dozen wounded to various reference hospitals. On Sunday, a team of delegates visited hospitals throughout the capital to assess the situation there. Medical supplies were provided to ensure proper treatment of wounded. Emergency preparations made over the past week paid off, enabling a rapid and adequate response to be made to humanitarian needs in the city.

Neither ICRC staff nor Red Cross volunteers encountered problems in moving around in Kinshasa. Both are widely known for their humanitarian work, carried out in close cooperation and even in very difficult circumstances.

Over the coming days, the ICRC’s main concern in Kinshasa will be protection, particularly relating to persons held in relation with the conflict. The most immediate priority will be to gain access to two military camps near Kinshasa.

Assistance in Brazzaville and Bangui

Over the weekend, two ICRC-chartered aeroplanes flew over four tonnes of emergency aid to Lukolela, in the Congo. Most of the relief goods were ferried to Liranga, a village some six hours away by dugout, where an estimated 5,000 Rwandans fleeing fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo/Zaire have sought refuge. Since the start of this operation, the ICRC has transported some 21 tonnes of food to Liranga and Lukolela.

An assessment mission is scheduled for this week to investigate the situation in Impfondo, further north along the Zaire river. In addition, on the basis of a survey carried out to determine the most urgent needs of the local population, fishing materials are to be provided.

Another ICRC team is planning to go to Mbandaka on 21 May to assess the situation and possibly assist some 2,000 refugees in the area.

The Congolese authorities have given their approval for a site to be established for the refugees. As they are preparing to bring the refugees further south, the boats to be used in the operation have been loaded with ICRC food and other assistance sufficient for 2,500 people for one week.

In the Central African Republic, since 12 May, ICRC expatriates and staff of the Central African Red Cross Society have been taking care of a total of some 200 wounded and sick refugees who had crossed the border. National Society staff brought first-aid materials, donated by the ICRC, and tents across the river to the Democratic Republic of Congo/Zaire. They also erected tents in Bangui to provide temporary accommodation for arriving refugees and accompanied refugees being evacuated by the authorities from Bangui to Bouca, north of Bangui. On Sunday, the National Society launched an operation to transfer to Bouca around 500 refugees located south of Bangui.

In and around Zongo (Democratic Republic of Congo/Zaire), across the river from Bangui, volunteers of the local Red Cross assisted wounded and evacuated the bodies of those killed in disturbances. ICRC personnel attended to war-wounded cared for in the community hospital of Bangui and distributed dressing materials.