The NGOD InteRed, together with local organizations, launches an emergency campaign to help people forcibly displaced by the armed conflict in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
More than 72,000 families, including children and the elderly, are suffering from forced displacement in Goma, a border town between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, in the North Kivu area, due to increased incursions of the M-23 rebel group from Rwanda and fighting on the border with the Congolese armed forces.
North Kivu is a region in eastern Congo, rich in mineral resources of very high value on the international market and in dispute between different armed groups. Since the 1990s it has been suffering from serious instability. The humanitarian situation in the region is critical and has recently worsened.
Faced with this situation, in which children, women and elderly people are taking refuge in schools, churches or makeshift camps, without water, without food and without access to basic shelter, InteRed has opened an emergency account to raise funds that will be channeled to local organizations AGIR and VIS - DRC, with which InteRed works, and will cover, at least, access to food, hygiene kits, medicines and basic shelter.
Your support will go to:
- Provide food, especially for children with malnutrition.
- Distribute clothing.
- Deliver hygiene kits.
- Distribute tarpaulins and/or tents.
- Providing water and latrines.
- Medical care, especially for pregnant women, and psychological support.
Urgent appeal by Pope Francis
Pope Francis, on his current trip to Africa, in a meeting with civil and religious authorities and the diplomatic corps, denounced “the economic colonialism that enslaves” Africa and demanded that the international community “stop suffocating” the continent and commit to supporting “the peace processes that are underway”. “Take your hands off the Democratic Republic of Congo, don't touch Africa. Stop suffocating it, because Africa is not a mine to be exploited or a land to be plundered. Let Africa be the protagonist of its own destiny.”
InteRed, has been working since 1996 in the DRC, with the Teresian Association, in defense of the right to education. In this conflict zone in the east of the country, it works with the Congolese organizations AGIR, VIS-DRC and Synergie-SFVS in the defense of the rights of women victims of the violence of the conflict and in the promotion of youth participation in peace-building.