Fighting between Congolese government troops and rebels under the renegade General Laurent Nkunda in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo is continuing (see the previous article). In Goma and its surrounding areas alone, around 610,000 people have been recently displaced, and an unknown number, estimated to be in the thousands, are still without access to emergency aid as they continue to wander from one place to another, trying to escape the ongoing violence. Several cases of cholera have now been confirmed, and living conditions in the refugee camps are dire.
Barnabas Fund is working with one of its local partners to get emergency aid to over 3,000 people, including many Christians, who have been displaced in the violent clashes, and to improve hygiene, living and sanitation conditions. Barnabas Fund is sending a grant to pay for various foodstuffs such as corn, beans and salt, and also for other items such as tarpaulins, soap, water containers, pots, plastic plates, mugs and blankets. Another grant is paying for the cost of constructing a latrine at one of the refugee camps.
Cost of various items:
Packet of cooking salt £0.75 Soap £0.75 Water container £2.25 Mug £0.75 Plates(6) £0.75 Pot £2.25 Tarpaulin £14.50 Blanket £2.25
Helping just over 3,000 out of the several hundred thousand displaced Congolese who find themselves in desperate need might seem like a mere drop in the ocean. But it is a start.
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