Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo - South Sudan
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo - South Sudan
Households receive essential items during a distribution in Sake, DRC, 5 June 2021. © OCHA/Paul de Carvalho-Pointillart
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 8 June 2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo
On 7 June, the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge, announced the return of displaced people to the city of Goma and the territory of Nyiragongo following the volcanic eruptions. The authorities noted the end of the lava flow and the lava solidification, as well as the significant decrease in earthquakes in the area.
The Government will facilitate the gradual return of the displaced population between 8 and 20 June along the different axes: Sake-Goma (8-9 June), Nyiragongo-Goma (10 June), Rutshuru-Goma (11-12 June), Bukavu-Minova-Goma (15-17 June), Beni-Butembo-Lubero-Goma (16-17 June) and Rwanda-Goma (19-20 June).
The Prime Minister also announced that people who lost their homes in the eruption will be temporarily relocated and will receive Government assistance to rebuild their homes. An estimated 4,000 houses were destroyed and another 1,000 need repairs.
In addition, Congolese authorities have announced the reopening of schools and universities in Goma and Nyiragongo territory as of 14 June, once the buildings have been inspected.
Humanitarian organizations are ready to support the Government’s action plan that is currently being developed.
Once again, on 7 June, two aid workers were killed when their vehicle was ambushed in Yirol West, Lakes State in South Sudan. The clearly marked humanitarian vehicle was part of a convoy returning from a health facility.
Four aid workers have been killed in South Sudan this year, all in the past month alone. Nine aid workers were killed in 2020.
A total of 128 aid workers, mostly South Sudanese, have been killed while providing humanitarian assistance to people since the conflict broke out in 2013.
Continued attacks against humanitarian workers and assets must end. The UN urges the Government to investigate such attacks, take urgent measures to protect humanitarian workers and assets, and facilitate the provision of relief to people requiring assistance.
The Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in South Sudan, Matthew Hollingworth, said: “I call on the Government to strengthen law enforcement, investigate these crimes, and to bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice. Four aid workers have been killed in the last month alone. I fear that continued attacks on humanitarians and the consequent suspension of activities will have a serious impact on humanitarian operations in South Sudan.”