More and more people from the East of Congo are poured into the neighboring Uganda. They are placed into camps like this one. Photo: archive, humedica 2012
humedica teams are helping again in Uganda – “ten thousands of people are fleeing”
These days, the whole world is looking eagerly towards Syria, but humedica medical teams regard other regions in the world, too. Thanks to generous support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the helpers in the red vests have been engaged again in Uganda for several days now. In the focus: ten thousands of refugees of nearby Congo, scene of bloody conflicts for years.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in a state of war since 1996. Inofficial estimations act on the assumption of almost four million direct and indirect victims of this conflict. “The highest death toll since World War II”, as ZEIT ONLINE put it rightly already in 2005.
For some time now, thousands of people have been fleeing the Congolese province of North-Kivu, passing the nearby border into neighboring Uganda. There, they are stranded in camps, where the authorities are trying hard to master the organization of this refugee surge. However, they need the help of international organizations. As of late, humedica has once again sent relieve forces into the country.
In 2012 already, humedica had been able to provide emergency assistance thanks to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This year, the American organization Medical Teams International (MTI) is our partner in Uganda and together with humedica assistants, they are ensuring basic medical care for the refugees in the reception camp Bubukwanga.
These effective measures are completed by the distribution of relief items and special food for the treatment of acute malnutrition, the renovation of a dilapidated health center and specific training of local staff.
“Given other problem areas, the conflict in Congo has slipped from focus more and more”, explains humedica managing director Wolfgang Groß who has just come back from a project in this region. “We mustn’t forget the refugees in Uganda.”
humedica is kindly asking for directed donations for medical aid in Uganda:
humedica e. V.
Reference “Refugees Uganda”
Account 47 47
Bank Code 734 500 00