Changes and humanitarian consequences
Humanitarian access to vulnerable people in the Kivus remains difficult, following military operations against renegade armed groups and other related attacks on civilians. This is particularly an issue in the central and northern areas of South Kivu, where access, even for emergency distributions to IDPs, remains limited.
This year is like no other for the DRC. On the one hand, the extent of the suffering of the population is beginning to be recognized. Over four million people have perished as a result of years of continuing conflict, a number which increases by some 1,200 every day and which is equivalent to an Asian tsunami each and every six months. DRC has been called the most deadly humanitarian catastrophe in 60 years. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has called it the greatest challenge currently facing the international community.
Depuis le début de l’année, la situation humanitaire est demeurée globalement préoccupante en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Trois faits majeurs ont marqué l’évolution du contexte socio-politique et sécuritaire ayant des répercussions humanitaires.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reached an historic milestone in 2006. For the first time in over 40 years, the people of the DRC cast their ballots and chose a president through democratic elections widely acclaimed as free and fair. A new government will soon be in place and it will face enormous challenges, not the least among them meeting the high expectations of the Congolese people who have suffered through years of war, poverty and neglect. For now, there is hope, as well as a commitment of the Congolese people to improving their lives.