The sound of the explosion reminded Kalemie’s inhabitants of the horrible periods of war the town has gone through. But this time, the explosion took place under the full control of DanChurchAid’s humanitarian mine action team operating in the Eastern DR Congo.
When war once again chased Bageni Katembereza from her home village in September, she shepherded her six children down the dirt roads of eastern Congo toward safety, not knowing where she was headed, only sensing she had to get away.
Security situation:The situation in North Kivu is relatively calm at the moment. However, clashes between armed groups are being reported daily in both Masisi and Rutshuru territories.
While official figures of newly displaced people in crowded camps around Goma are still being determined, another reality of displacement remains in the shadows: the thousands of families who have opened their modest homes to fleeing strangers.
The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo remains precarious and aid groups do not yet know what effect the most recent violence will have on the latest cease fire or humanitarian situation. First hand report from ACT aid worker in DR Congo.
Despite the lack of humanitarian access, several ACT members have been able to deliver some initial assistance to communities displaced by the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
After panic and lootings by retreating troops a deadly calm has fallen over Goma in Eastern Congo.
In the days, months and years directly after the war in the eastern part of Katanga province in Congo has ended, life has been far from easy. The 650 men, women and children of Kalombo village are just barely getting back to normalcy, since 2003 when the last armed attack occurred.
A series of fires have since mid June until the end of September ravaged and destroyed an estimated 1.500 houses in 8 villages in and around Salamabila in Southeastern Maniema Province in the eastern DR Congo.
DanChurchAid has carried out relief aid with partners in Malawi since the 1970s, mainly by working through the Action by Churches Together (ACT) network and with support from Danida (Danish International Development Assistance).