Minister for Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi gave instructions to the Italian Cooperation to increase attention to the dramatic humanitarian emergency involving the populations affected by civil war in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Cooperation today dispatched several tonnes of World Health Care supplies, along with five electrical units donated by the Don Bosco Ngangi mission located near the city of Goma, which has been working for years in this area whose serious humanitarian emergencies have been further aggravated by the recent outbreak of armed conflict.
A direct flight took off today from the Brindisi aid depot and will land this evening to Goma as part of a joint emergency operation carried out with the World Health Organization. The Italian Cooperation has carried out a series of aid initiatives in North Kivu in recent weeks, valued at approximately €700,000 and mainly concentrated in the healthcare sector, in support of women victims and for the treatment and reintegration of child soldiers.
During the Christmas festivities, in collaboration with the Goma Caritas, 1000 food kits were distributed to 919 families(4500 persons) identified by UN agencies as in extreme need and living in precarious conditions in the three refugee camps set up around the Goma city schools.