World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UNHCR Aids 55K Congolese Returning To Katanga

UN refugee agency aids 55,000 Congolese returning to Katanga

15 February 2008 - The United Nations refugee agency is distributing supplies to some 55,000 displaced people who have returned to their homes in the southern province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Roger Hollo, a protection officer with the UN High Commissioner for Refguees (UNHCR) in the provincial capital, Lubumbashi, said the initiative is part of the agency's programme of assistance and protection for people displaced in northern and central Katanga.

"Some 11,000 households, or 55,000 people, will benefit," he said after the distribution began in central Katanga's Kilumbe district on Tuesday.

The exercise, expected to take up to three weeks to complete, involves handing out kitchen utensils, blankets, jerry cans, mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, buckets and soap to each returnee family. The refugee agency and a local partner will also distribute string, nails and hammers to help the former internally displaced people (IDP) construct homes.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are also assisting the group.

"I am very happy and grateful for this gesture. I was lost, I had nothing left," said an old woman, who, like others at the distribution, fled her home three years ago to escape fighting between government forces and the Mai-Mai militia.

This final distribution of food and supplies is being conducted in three isolated villages close to the town of Bukama in central Katanga's Kilumbe district. The area, located in Upemba National Park, can only be accessed by boat.

Last November, UNHCR sent a team to the region to assess the needs of the returnees and look at ways to bring in relief items and distribute them. Aid stocks were brought to the area by railway and road and the first distribution was held in January, with almost 8,000 families benefiting.

There are still more than 30,000 IDPs in Katanga and some 1.3 million throughout the DRC, according to UNHCR.


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>