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05 May 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Good prospects for 2016 first season crop production
  • Maize prices seasonally increasing but at low levels
  • High food vulnerability persists in Karamoja Region

Favourable prospects for 2016 first season crop production

05 May 2016 description
report IRIN

By Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 4 May 2016

The Democratic Republic of Congo accuses neighbouring Rwanda of recruiting former M23 rebels to help oust Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, adding a worrying international dimension to an already incendiary crisis.

Read the full story on IRIN

05 May 2016 description

Geneva - The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) and the Minister of Finance of the DR Congo today signed a letter of intent (LOI) for 200 million US dollars to address deforestation and forest degradation in the country and to promote sustainable development.

The LOI addresses factors contributing to the loss of forests in DRC, including agricultural expansion, the use of fuelwood, illegal logging, land-use planning, unsecure tenure, demographic pressure and oil and mining activities. The governance issues that often underpin these drivers are largely integrated.

04 May 2016 description

Kinshasa (CICR) – Trois collaborateurs du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) ont été enlevés mardi matin dans la province du Nord-Kivu, en République démocratique du Congo. Ils faisaient partie d'un convoi d'assistance en route vers Kyaghala, un village où devait avoir lieu une distribution de vivres et d'articles ménagers de première nécessité en faveur de 8 000 personnes touchées par le conflit.

04 May 2016 description

Speech given by Mr Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC, United Nations Security Council Briefing, 3 May 2016, New York, USA

"Even wars have limits, because wars without limits are wars without ends. Health-care personnel and facilities are the outer frontier of these limits."

A couple of months ago, I stood in front of a four-story building.

It was really more a shell of a building, completely bombed out, burned out, ripped apart, steel cables sticking out from the load-bearing walls, rubble all around.

04 May 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 5/4/2016 - 19:51 GMT

DR Congo's justice minister said on Wednesday he had ordered an investigation into the alleged use of foreign mercenaries by opposition politician Moise Katumbi, a likely contender in a presidential poll due this year.

Katumbi hit back describing as a "grotesque lie" allegations his camp were recruiting mercenaries specialised in "training and the use of weapons, as security guards or bodyguards".

04 May 2016 description

Kinshasa – Three staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were abducted on Tuesday morning in North Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were part of a convoy headed to the town of Kyaghala, where they were going to distribute food and essential household items to around 8,000 people affected by the conflict.

04 May 2016 description

Since early January, a total of 453 suspected cases of yellow fever, including 45 deaths were reported in DRC. 41 of these cases (originating from Kongo Central province and Kinshasa) have been confirmed by laboratory testing and are all in connection with the outbreak currently occurring in Angola.

The outbreak of yellow fever has been officially declared by the Government on 23 of April and the Ministry of Health is planning to launch a vaccination campaign in 8 health zones in Kinshasa and in Kongo Central.

04 May 2016 description

L’année 2016 sera remplie de défis pour les Congolais et pour nous, organisations, qui tentons de les soutenir au mieux. Analyse de Catherine H., responsable géographique pour la République démocratique du Congo (RdC).

04 May 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 5/4/2016 - 11:43 GMT

Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday.

Local administrator Bernard Amisi Kalonda said the brutal attack took place late Tuesday in the Beni region of North Kivu province, an area which has witnessed numerous massacres in the past.

04 May 2016 description

Goma, RD Congo | AFP | mercredi 04/05/2016 - 11:40 GMT |

Au moins 17 civils ont été massacrés dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi lors d'une attaque dans un village de la région de Beni (Nord-Kivu), dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), théâtre de massacres récurrents, a appris l'AFP auprès de l'armée.

03 May 2016 description

Uganda - Japan is providing USD 1.8 million to IOM to help the Ugandan government to improve its border security through an integrated border management approach.

Uganda’s porous borders make it extremely challenging to counter transnational organized crime, including terrorism, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. As a country fully engaged in regional integration, Uganda must also ensure the legitimate cross-border flow of people and goods.

02 May 2016 description

On 22 March 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified WHO of cases of Yellow Fever (YF) in connection with the outbreak currently occurring in Angola (see DON posted 13 April 2016).

From early January to 22 March, a total of 453 suspect cases of YF, including 45 deaths were reported by the national surveillance system.

01 May 2016 description
report The New York Times

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN APRIL 30, 2016

NYUNZU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Deep in the forest, miles from any major city, lies an abandoned cotton factory full of the dispossessed.

There is no police force guarding it. No electricity or running water inside. No sense of urgency or deep concern by the national authorities to do much about it.

01 May 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Sunday 5/1/2016 - 18:34 GMT

by Bienvenu-Marie BAKUMANYA

A coalition of opponents of DR Congo President Joseph Kabila announced Sunday former regional governor Moise Katumbi as their "joint opposition candidate" for presidential elections due before the end of the year.

Democratic Republic of Congo authorities are under pressure from the international community to hold the polls as planned in November before Kabila's second -- and constitutionally last -- mandate ends.

30 Apr 2016 description
report Peace Direct

April 29 2016: 12 months on from the beginning of a violent political crisis in Burundi, a group of local activists have expanded their project to monitor and respond to conflict. Kevin McCann reports on their work from a recent visit to Bujumbura.

Since protests began a year ago – and especially since an attempted coup nearly unseated President Pierre Nkurunziza in May 2015 – the situation in Burundi has steadily deteriorated.

28 Apr 2016 description

L'OMS félicite la RDC pour ses efforts dans l’augmentation considérable du nombre de zones de santé bénéficiant d’un appui pour la mise en œuvre des activités de lutte contre cette maladie parasitaire.

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

26 Apr 2016 description

Kinshasa, RD Congo | AFP | mardi 26/04/2016 - 18:50 GMT

L'ONU a demandé mardi aux autorités congolaises de trouver "des solutions durables" pour les populations déplacées dont les sites d’hébergement ont été vidés dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo.

26 Apr 2016 description

Hundreds of women in South Sudan are transforming their lives with valuable new vocational skills learned through a social and economic empowerment training program supported by the World Food Programme and Women for Women International. The participants say they have been able to achieve things they’d never thought possible after learning techniques for sustainable agriculture and how to build savings by setting up village savings and loans associations.

YEI, South Sudan – Cabbages gave Doruka Moriba Elinoma a new lease on life.