A 40-tonne shipment of emergency humanitarian supplies is being distributed to communities displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The supplies include thousands of fleece blankets, hygiene kits, mosquito nets and solar LED lamps, as well as family-sized tents and tarpaulins. These are being distributed to 1,500 families who have been displaced in conflict affected areas of Ituri province.
Over five million people have had to flee their homes due to the ongoing conflict in DRC. In recent months, intense fighting and extreme violence in Ituri province in the North East of DRC has resulted in over 200,000 people becoming displaced.
The UN reports that civilians have been killed, houses have been set on fire and women have been raped. More than 1.2 million displaced people in Ituri live in camps or stay within host communities in towns and villages.
At the same time, COVID-19 has hit DRC in recent months. There have been over 9,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 200 deaths, with the actual number likely to be higher due to lack of testing.
Government imposed COVID restrictions have made it incredibly challenging to get much-needed humanitarian supplies into Ituri province. For this reason, Irish Aid have supplied emergency humanitarian supplies to Trócaire in order to respond quickly to the humanitarian needs of displaced people.
The supplies are being distributed to the most vulnerable families, with 80% being female headed households.