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REACTIVE PRESS STATEMENT TO THE EAC HEADS OF STATE SUMMIT OVER DRC

(Nairobi, Friday 30 November 2012) As the 14th Ordinary East Africa Heads of State Summit closes without any commitment to act on the crisis in DRC, John Abuya from ActionAid says:

“ActionAid is deeply concerned by the silence from East African Heads of State on the crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo.

“How can leaders possibly ‘watch and wait’ when dozens of women are being raped, food and clean water supplies are dwindling, children cannot access school and  commodity prices are skyrocketing because of continued conflict?

“East African leaders, who have the power to turn this conflict around, must face up to their responsibilities and take the necessary steps to restore peace in DRC.” 

ENDS

Editors' notes

For more information or interviews contact (in Nairobi) Lucy Wanjiku on Lucy.Wanjiku@actionaid.org or +254722616691 or (in London) Natalie Curtis on +44 (0) 203 122 0641 or Natalie.curtis@actionaid.org

NOTES TO EDITORS:

ActionAid 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.

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