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Press briefing on conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of Heads of States Summit in Nairobi

WHAT:            Press Conference

As the humanitarian crisis in DRC gathers pace and thousands flee the violence, East African Heads of State prepare to meet in Nairobi to discuss a response.ActionAid  will brief journalists ahead of the meeting to reveal the latest humanitarian situation on the ground, what ordinary Congolese people are facing and what NGO’s are calling for to assist those worst affected.

WHEN:            November 30, 2012 7:00 – 8:00 EAT (Ahead of the East African Heads of State Summit which begins at 9:00 EAT)

WHO:              Florence Mwenge – ActionAid DRC

                        Women from affected communities in Goma

John Abua – ActionAidInternational Programme Manager, Emergencies &Crises

WHERE:         Stanley Hotel, Pool Deck, 5th Floor (10 minute walk from Kenyatta International Conference Center, where the summit will be held)

CONTACT:     (In Nairobi) Lucy Wanjiku 254-722616691 or

(In London) Natalie Curtis, Tel: +44 (0) 203 122 0641 or


Editors' notes

ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to achieve greater human rights for all and defeat poverty. We believe people iActionAid began working in DRC in 1987, providing humanitarian response to Burundian refugees who had crossed into Uvira. The organisation later responded to the needs of people affected by the 2002 Nyiragongo volcano eruption. It has since expanded operations to 15 locations in North and South Kivu provinces in eastern DRC, managed through its headquarter office in Goma. ActionAid also has a regional liaison office located in Kinshasa.n poverty have the power within them to create change for themselves, their families and communities. ActionAid is a catalyst for that change.