In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago

In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago - Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images

In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago - Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images

ICRC President Peter Maurer today held a press conference in Kinshasa to bring attention to the humanitarian situation in the Kivus.

Sadly, we have been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 35 years and while the geography and dynamics of the conflict might have changed, the same fundamental problem - disrespect of the basic principles of IHL by parties - persists.

This June 12, 1978 interview with delegate Jeanne Egger about our response to fighting in Kolwesi, in Katanga province, illustrates the continuing plight of Congolese civilians and our longstanding relationship with their National Red Cross Society.