CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE: MSF, THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES WITHOUT ASSISTANCE, FOOD AND WATER

Approximately 24,000 refugees recently arrived in northern Congo-Brazzaville. They are fleeing serious violence related to conflict in areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The news is released by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) which is offering medical care to refugees in the Inpfoudou region. "There is no assistance for the refugees – no food, no water, no shelter. The families are scattered along the river, outside", says Dr. Salha Issoufou, MSF’s emergency coordinator, who is urging other humanitarian organisations to provide material aid because the "local population is already sharing its resources with waves of refugees". United Nations agencies and governmental authorities have announced that they will hold food distributions. "The primary health problem is diarrhoea", explains Dr. Issoufou. "They drink river water, which makes them sick. There is malaria, too, because there are a lot of mosquitoes along the river". MSF is setting up mobile clinics at various sites where refugees have gathered and will provide support to the Bétou hospital where the most serious cases are being treated. Wells in several villages must also be repaired to improve access to water. MSF also plans to distribute plastic sheeting, blankets and mosquito nets.” ” ” “

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