The government of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) recently provided support to over 500 displaced persons from the Democratic Republic of Congo who have found refuge in the Ngabe area.
The humanitarian assistance was taken to the refugees by the Congo Brazzaville Minister of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action, Irène Mboukou-Kimbatsa.
It included necessities such as foodstuff, mattresses, mosquito nets, bed sheets, and kits for nursing mothers and was intended to bring succour to the displaced persons living under harsh conditions.
The Ngabe centre for displaced persons houses 60 households of 196 displaced persons from DR Congo. The displaced persons are from border villages on the DR Congo side of the Congo river, where inter-ethnic conflicts have been raging. Four hundred thirty-three (433) other displaced persons are hosted in neighbouring villages.
Minister Mboukou-Kimbatsa, who was accompanied by a delegation of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), emphasised the need for peacebuilding during his visit.
The minister later visited a site which is being prepared to host more displaced persons as more refugees troop into the area daily.
Right now, teams from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action have been touring villages around Ngabe to ensure that all displaced persons have been considered for lodging and other humanitarian assistance.
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