Congo Crisis: CRS to Respond with Food and Emergency Items

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Goma, Democratic Repbulic of Congo. We pray for an end to the violence and for a clear path to peace even as we strive to serve those in greatest need during the current crisis.

Committing a minimum of $250,000 in private funding, CRS is preparing to distribute emergency food and other essential items to thousands of people in Goma, a major city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where an intensified rebel movement has caused massive displacement and a worsening humanitarian crisis.

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UN agencies estimate that as many as 140,000 people have fled their homes and existing camps in the area as a result of fighting between the rebel group known as M23 and the Congolese army. While relative calm has now returned to Goma, the situation remains fragile as rebels continue to expand their presence in the area. Tens of thousands of people in Goma and its surroundings are without access to electricity and remain in critical need of food, water and safe shelter.

In collaboration with Mercy Corps and local partner Caritas Goma, CRS plans to distribute food and other emergency items including soap and buckets to approximately 10,000 displaced people over the next two weeks. CRS staff continue to monitor the situation and will coordinate additional responses as needed.

CRS’ international staff have all been temporarily relocated to a safe location in neighboring Rwanda, where they remain in contact with their national colleagues who are reported safe in Goma. Together they are working to continue to carry out CRS’ lifesaving work.

Six projects managed from CRS’ Goma sub-office are currently on hold due to the security situation. CRS hopes to resume these critical efforts when the security situation improves enough to allow a return to full operation as well as continuing any needed emergency response.

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