Monique, 20, was living peacefully with her husband and three children in Miketa Mbayi, a village in the Miabi area in the southeast of the Kasai-Oriental Province.
In May 2017, violence broke out in the village. Monique and her family fled and hid in the bush for more than three months. Monique was pregnant with her youngest son at the time. It was a very difficult situation and she struggled to find enough food for everyone. Monique’s children fell sick and suffered a lot; plants, leaves and roots were the only resources available for treatment.
When things quietened down again in the village in August 2017, the family returned but were disheartened to discover that their house and fields had been destroyed. “My husband and I had to start again from square one with our house and one field,” explains Monique. To provide a roof over her children’s heads, Monique took refuge in the only place in the village that had not been ransacked or destroyed – the church. A large number of families that returned from the bush live there together. Children, teenagers, men, women and the elderly all live together – without any privacy or bathroom facilities. Each family manages to survive by doing odd jobs here and there.
In February 2018, things brightened up a little for Monique and her family when the essential household items fair was held in Miketa. Having been identified as a vulnerable family, Monique received kitchenware, soap, fabric, buckets and mattresses. “I’ve never slept on foam mattress, but now my children will have the chance to sleep on one, ” says Monique, particularly pleased to have been able to obtain the items that she needed most. Now, Monique and her husband can start thinking about rebuilding their house. Over 850 families received this kind of support.
RRMP in Kasai: reaching the most isolated populations
This support is part of the Rapid Response to Population Movements program (RRMP), which is financially supported by the European Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) department, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Japan, Canada, and Belgium.
Sylvie Lovwa est C4D Officer au bureau de Mbuji-Maji
Sylvie Lovwa is C4D Officer at UNICEF Mbuji-Maji
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