Kinshasa, 30 June, 2020 / 8:04 pm (ACI Africa).
Amid COVID-19 restrictions, Catholic Bishops in Ireland have partnered with their government to deliver life-saving aid supplies to the more than five million people fleeing the ongoing conflict in Ituri Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Through the partnership that has brought together the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops in Ireland, Trocaire, and the international development aid program of the Irish government, Irish Aid, emergency relief supplies are now being flown to DRC to benefit thousands of the displaced by the recent fighting, the leadership of Trocaire announced in a report published June 29.
“Over five million people have had to flee their homes due to the ongoing conflict in DRC. In recent months, intense fighting and extreme violence in Ituri province in the North East of DRC has resulted in over 200,000 people becoming displaced,” Trocaire leadership had reported.
In the June 29 report, Trocaire leadership further indicates that COVID-19 restrictions have made it “incredibly challenging to get much-needed humanitarian supplies” into Ituri province. The region has become a hotspot for militia violence and inter-ethnic conflict.
“For this reason, Irish Aid have supplied emergency humanitarian supplies to Trócaire in order to respond quickly to the humanitarian needs of displaced people,” the leadership of Trocaire says in the June 29 report.