ICRC calls for additional $10 million to fund operations in DRCListen /
Violence is spiralling out of control in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC, as fighting between the army and armed groups intensifies.
Hospitals and other health facilities are struggling to cope with weapon-wounded patients, says Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who has just returned from a visit to the area.
He says to treat the wounded, the ICRC wants to expand its medical operations, and needs an additional $10 million to be added to ICRC's budget for the DRC.
We have witnessed over the past few weeks and months an increase of violence and violations of international humanitarian law here and therefore, the needs are increasing. What people need most is certainly access to medical care, which is not guaranteed at the present moment at a sufficient level. It's access to water and it's also access to food because the economic fabric is destroyed by the armed conflict and therefore, people have to be assisted to survive.
The expanded medical operations would be in the area of war surgery, an ICRC expertise.
Gerry Adams, United Nations.