Aid agencies suspend Congo operations following attacks

April 11th, 2008 - 9:36 pm ICT by admin  

Geneva, April 11 (DPA) UN humanitarian agencies said they had temporarily suspended operations in Congo after four attacks in three weeks targeting international organizations. Equipment and goods destined for relief operations had been stolen and personnel attacked in South Kivu province.

In mid-March, money and equipment had been stolen in an armed hold-up of vehicles in Kashatu.

Later that month, at Minova, members of the international non-governmental organization (NGO) Doctors without Borders had been injured when their base was attacked and cash and communication equipment stolen.

Another two raids were carried out in April on roads near Katobo and Kakamba.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) appealed to the authorities to provide the security the agencies and NGOs needed to resume their work and urged them to track down those responsible.

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