European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Lifeline in the sky: EU Humanitarian Aid Flight service in eastern DRC
How does the EU deliver humanitarian aid to hard-to-reach areas? Through its EU Humanitarian Aid Flight, which enables the safe transport of humanitarian cargo and staff.
For several years, the EU has been funding a humanitarian flight service in North and South Kivu, and Tanganyika provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The region has been experiencing bouts of serious insecurity for over 20 years. A recent upsurge in violence has worsened the humanitarian situation.
In 2022 alone, the EU Humanitarian Aid Flight has transported over 100 tonnes of vital humanitarian cargo, such as nutrition and medical supplies, and over 7,600 staff into remote and isolated communities.
Operations have been carried out through the MI-8 transport helicopter and Caravan fixed-wing airplane, rented from the UN’s flight services.
Story by Mathias Eick, Regional Information Officer for East and Southern Africa, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
Publication date: 03/02/2023