Update on DR Congo
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, our country director sent an update on GRI's projects, the ongoing fighting, and how the Ebola outbreak has impacted the region.
Today, insecurity has increased to the point where local people say that life is no longer worthwhile.
In both territories of Beni and Lubero, several armed militias have organized and increased insecurity as each militia conducts its activities with its objectives. We have to note that some of these militias appear after a long time of suffering, driving them to organize to defend themselves. Others are formed in the service of politicians, military and foreign powers in order to freely exploit the resources and minerals in the two territories mentioned above. Others are formed in order to occupy the lands inhabited by native populations and create a new dynasty that will allow them to dominate the local population, primarily the Nande. This fight for power among the militias is mainly why the the people of Beni and Lubero live in insecurity. The conflict has lasted more than two decades and worsens day by day. People are lost through massacres camouflaged by politician leaders in power.
TERRITORY OF LUBERO
The territory of Lubero is a vast area composed by many villages, cities and towns and the most of it is occupied by forests. Insecurity is due to clashes between armed groups, also between armed groups and the FARDC (government army). These confrontations push to the massive displacement of the majority of the population of this territory in the entities more or less secure.
The various interventions already organized by GRI in the territory of Lubero are, 1) give free medical care to the displaced persons in Lubero city at the General Hospital of Lubero, 2) equip the Kipese Catholic Sisters' health center with medical tools and equipment ransacked and pillaged by the FADRC soldiers during the clashes, and 3) dispense and fix washbasins and chlorine to fight the Ebola outbreak.
Because of these efforts, the civil society of Lubero territory has granted to GRI a Diploma of Honor. According to them, Lubero has never seen a Non-Government Organization well organized like GRI to help them seriously without discrimination.
TERRITORY OF BENI
The date of October 15, 2014 corresponds to the beginning of the massacres of civilians in the region of Beni. On that day, gunmen raided Ngadi and Kadowu on the northern outskirts of Beni City, where dozens of civilians were slaughtered with knives. This drove GRI to intervene.
It has been almost four years since the government has continued to call the criminals "presumed ADF" without giving their real identity, and the government remains unable to stop them. The number of slaughtered civilians is estimated to more than 3,000 civilians in the territory of Beni and more than 2,000 others kidnapped, and and these have not been found up to now.
In the territory of Beni, GRI intervened in 1) the care of the displaced Bantu and Pygmies by giving them free access to good nutrition and medical care to recover their health, 2) the opening of a clinic for the displaced in Oicha in order to give free medical care to the displaced, and 3) distribution of the metal roofing sheets to the families that were victims of the so-called ADF attack in Beni city.
Today, GRI has unified a counseling program that is running in order to give hope of life to the survivors of the killings in the city and territory of Beni. Below are pictures of the meetings where people can access these services.
The Ebola outbreak was declared in the province of North Kivu in July 2018 in the Mabalako health zone, territory of Beni. GRI intervened through door-to-door sensitization, the distribution of leaf lets, the sensitization of Congolese militaries (FARDC) in the territory of Beni, and the distribution of washbasins in schools in the health zone of Mabalako and the city of Lubero.
Written by Jimmy
DR Congo Country Director