Following an escalation of inter-community tensions among local militia, the armed forces and self-defense groups in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in mid-2016, more than 30,000 people fled across the border into Angola’s Lunda Norte province. The country’s government thus established two reception centers near the town of Dundo and set up a longer term resettlement site in Lóvua, about 90 km away.
In such humanitarian emergency, Aid & Relief organizations responded to a high level of insecurity and high rates of pre-existing poverty by providing assistance to the refugees. Bolloré Logistics partnered the organizations by taking entire care of the transport and delivery of first aid equipment to the inland Lunda Norte province.
The route went from the port of Luanda to Saurimo, then Dundo, to finally reach Lóvua; approximately 1,300 km of sometimes rough roads and right during the rainy season, realizing a logistical prowess. The operation also consisted in the management of the customs clearance and the pre-routing operations. At destination, the organizations' teams took care of the unloading while Bolloré Logistics' teams were in charge of driving back the empty containers to Luanda.
Bolloré Logistics loaded a total of 21 containers 20' and delivered them in three waves, the first one involved six trucks, 12 trailers and accounted for 12 containers 20', the second wave involved four trucks, four trailers and seven containers 20' while the last wave included two trucks, two trailers and accounted for two containers 20'. Each trip took four days and was coordinated by a Bolloré Logistics team member accompanying the drivers. Coordination was also provided by the organizations' staff in a perfect collaboration effort and concern to respect timelines.
Through this achievement, Bolloré Logistics is thrilled to reap the full satisfaction of these organizations. Such success is paving the road for further collaboration thanks to our advanced Aid & Relief assistance offer.