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thursday, may 10:

754 ShelterBox tents have been distributed to displaced families living in the quarters, enabling them to live in comfort and dignity as they reconstruct their houses and rebuild their lives. A further 200 ShelterBoxes have been distributed the same way. All teams have returned home. Deployment is complete.

wednesday, may 02:

The Minister of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and Solidarity in the Republic of Congo, Madame Raoul, has praised ShelterBox for its actions in the country following the industrial accident on 4 March.

'In the name of the Congolese government I would personally like to thank you and praise ShelterBox for its work to help our community.

'I am delighted at the capability of the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members to operate swiftly and with dedication in helping the people of Brazzaville.'

friday, april 27:

Families in the Republic of the Congo's capital Brazzaville are still facing very difficult living conditions after the explosion at the Mpila army base on 8 March.

Dave Ray (UK) is team leader of the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) operating in the city and he says there are hundreds of families that need help in the areas closest to the site of the explosion:

'With the help and local knowledge of the Brazzaville Rotary clubs we are working street by street to assess all the houses in the quarters closest to the blast.

'In areas like Talangai and parts of Ouenze there is almost nothing left standing yet we are seeing families with children living amongst the ruins.

ShelterBox has delivered 306 tents to date in the quarters to families in need and expects to deliver many more, bringing shelter, warmth and dignity to thousands.'

tuesday, april 3:

ShelterBox tents are being used for medical purposes in the Republic of the Congo, following an arms depot that exploded in the capital of Brazzaville on the 8 March.

Thousands of people have been left homeless, injured and traumatised after several explosions ripped apart the Mpila neighbourhood and damaged various others. As a result, they have been staying in overcrowded temporary shelter camps.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Congolese Red Cross and the French Red Cross have been making the blast site safe; and working in the camps to restore family links and help children who have been separated from their families as a result of the accident. ShelterBox has provided tents across the camps to be used as a place of reception and welcome to the camps, but more importantly, to enable the ICRC to give trauma counselling for the survivors.

The hot, wet climate can also affect the displaced people's health and can increase the chance of cholera to spread. ShelterBox tents are being used by the Africa Doctors Association who have been doing minor operations and delivering treatments for those in need of medical attention.

'Privacy and dignity'

'I was seeing five patients a day before we received these two tents from ShelterBox,' said Dr. Sombo. 'But now I have 150 patients a day. The environment is cleaner, we can work faster, and above all, it offers the patients privacy and dignity. Thank you.'

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member John Diksa (FR) has been assessing the need in the Central African country:

'It's a very challenging environment to work in as it looks like an earthquake has hit the city, but then there is also ammunition and unexploded ordnance that needs to be cleared under the rubble before attempting to return these families to their homes.'

tuesday, march 27:

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has arrived in the Republic of the Congo's capital Brazzaville to assess the need for emergency humanitarian aid.

An arms depot exploded on the 8 March rocking the riverside city. It ripped apart the nearby neighbourhood Mpila, killing over 300 people and injuring 3,500 others. Houses near the disaster have been flattened displacing a further 14,000.

A short circuit was to blame for the fire that sparked several explosions, according to a government spokesperson, who also promised to move military barracks out of town as a result.

SRT members John Diksa (FR) and Nicolas Ducrocq (FR) are meeting with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Bolloré, a logistics company in Africa, to carry out a needs assessment and discuss logistics for a distribution plan.


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