Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) is carrying out, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a project aimed at relocating and supporting the refugees and peoples who have been uprooted or who have returned to the Orientale province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This north eastern region of the DRC, which is adjacent with South Sudan, Central African Republic and Uganda, welcomes, according to the UN, more than 400,000 people who have fled violence in neighbouring countries and the DRC itself, or who have returned from exile. The UN also indicates that two thirds of these people have been uprooted due to the abuses of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA).
This project is based on three main pillars, namely the construction, repair and maintenance of infrastructures (bridges, roads, health centre, camps), the building of shelters, as well as the distribution of food aid. More than 10,000 refugees and people who have been uprooted and repatriated from the regions of Aru, Bondo and Ango are being relocated, allowing the Bunia HCR and its partners to better help, support and protect them.
Terre Sans Frontières is very familiar with this province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, since the organisation has been carrying out projects in this region for more than 30 years now, more specifically in the Haut-Uele district. TSF’s Avions Sans Frontières (ASF) project, based in Dungu, has contributed to opening up this vast territory, and ASF’s Cessna 206 will be used for this project to ensure the mobility of persons and the transport of goods.
It is not be the first time that Terre Sans Frontières gets involved in such a project. In the 1990s, the organisation intervened in major refugee camps in the Kivu, in the DRC, which harboured people fleeing the genocide in Rwanda.