The UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, who landed in Kivu on August 6, 2012, is scheduled for a three-day visit in both Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to highlight the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the DRC and the effect on the neighbouring countries.
During the three- day’s visit, Ms. Amos is scheduled to travel to North Kivu to see first- hand the humanitarian impact of the conflict and the ongoing relief efforts.
On 9 August, 2012 she is expected arrive in Rwanda, where she plans to visit a camp hosting Congolese refugees.
“Her discussion will focus on ways of strengthening relief efforts and mobilizing additional assistance, including financial support, with the Congolese and Rwandan authorities and other humanitarian partners,” states the UN.
Fighting in North Kivu has led to the displacement of more than a quarter of a million people in recent weeks, including tens of thousands across the borders into Rwanda and Uganda.
Providing relief and protection to civilians is a priority for the humanitarian community but insecurity and poor infrastructure makes it challenging to reach affected communities.
According to the UN report, since 2009, armed conflict in eastern DRC has internally displaced some 2.2 million people.