Assistance to Internally Displaced People in Eastern DRC – COD121
Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 2,568,264
Balance Requested: US$ 1,756,373
Geneva, 10 December 2012
Renewed fighting in DRC has left 800,000 people internally displaced in North Kivu. 70% of those displaced are dispersed within the province with 140,000 IDPs in Goma and its environs. The M23 rebels fighting the government closed in on Goma town on Monday 19th November 2012 and took over the town at mid-day 20th November 2012 putting to risk the population of Goma town (about 700,000 people) and the people in the surrounding areas.
On Saturday December 1 2012, the M23 withdrew from Goma city to position themselves 20 km away, at Kibumba and Rutshuru waiting for negotiations with the government. The DRC government accuses the two neighbors, Rwanda and Uganda, of supporting the rebel activities inside DRC.
The situation remains critical in Goma city and in the North Kivu territories of Rutshuru, Masisi and Walikale where local armed groups are active. The areas remain very insecure.
Earlier in the year, conflict displaced more than 260,000 people in the province and more than 70,000 people fled to Rwanda and Uganda as refugees. This new displacement will further increase the number of people relying on immediate humanitarian assistance for basic survival.
ACT members are planning a coordinated response to 611,000 people at an estimated cost of US$2,568,264 short term food assistance, livelihoods and support, child nutrition, psychosocial support to survivors of SGBV, provision of essential non food, emergency school support.
Members of the DRC forum include: NCA, DKH, FCA, LWF, DCA, ICCO, CA, ECC, COPROMOR, EELCO, BOAD, DIAKONIA.
The requesting members in this appeal are Christian aid, Fin Church Aid, BOAD and Lutheran World Federation-DWS.