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24 Mar 2017 description

116 million children to be immunized from coast to coast across the continent, as regional emergency outbreak response intensifies

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize over 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

23 Mar 2017 description

Avec l’intensification de la riposte régionale d’urgence à la flambée, 116 millions d’enfants vont être vaccinés sur tout le continent

23 mars 2017 – Genève/Brazzaville/New York/Dakar : Plus de 190 000 vaccinateurs dans 13 pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et d’Afrique centrale vont vacciner plus de 116 millions d’enfants la semaine prochaine pour faire disparaître le dernier bastion de la poliomyélite sur ce continent.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN News Service

22 mars 2017 – Le Coordonnateur humanitaire en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), Mamadou Diallo, a attiré mercredi l'attention sur la violence qui sévit dans la province du Tanganyika au sud-est du pays depuis juillet 2016 et a forcé plus de 370.000 personnes à fuir leurs domiciles.

23 Mar 2017 description

62 countries - representing almost two-thirds of the world's population - still recognise only female victims of rape

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is an "invisible" crime, with victims reluctant to speak out for fear of being ostracised and mocked, researchers said.

23 Mar 2017 description

Newly-trained community health workers - many of them women - are making healthcare more accessible in DRC

By Christopher Clark

MBANZA-NGUNGU, Congo, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths.

23 Mar 2017 description

116 million children to be immunized from coast to coast across the continent, as regional emergency outbreak response intensifies

23 March 2017 – Geneva/Brazzaville/New York/Dakar: More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN News Service

22 mars 2017 – A l'occasion d'un débat interactif au Conseil des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies à Genève sur la situation en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), deux hauts responsables des Nations Unies ont souligné que les violations des droits de l'homme avaient augmenté de 30% en 2016 par rapport à l'année précédente dans ce pays.

23 Mar 2017 description

By Tina Ghelli

Much needed improvements are now underway in the health center in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, however without continued financial support, it will difficult to keep the center stocked with much needed medicines and supplies.

One day after giving birth to her second child, 23 year old Emanciana Kisissi has a lot to say about the conditions in the health center at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.

22 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
MIDDAY
22 March 2017

The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting held separate interactive dialogues on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Sri Lanka under its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building.

22 Mar 2017 description

Clean water is a key tool in the fight against hunger

Every year on March 22, people around the globe celebrate World Water Day: an opportunity to spotlight and take meaningful action to tackle the solvable water problems that millions of people around the world experience each day.

22 Mar 2017 description

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Uganda has one of the most open-door refugee policies in the world. But improving the lives of urban refugees on the ground requires government and community organisations to work together to put these policies into practice.

22 Mar 2017 description

Le Lac Tanganyika est l'une des merveilles du monde. A lui seul, il contient environ 17% de l'eau douce de surface de la planète et est le plus ancien et le plus profond des lacs du continent africain. En bordure de 4 pays – le Burundi, la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), la Tanzanie et la Zambie – il représente une source de revenus et d’approvisionnement en eau indispensable pour plus de 10 millions de personnes.

UN HAUT LIEU DE BIODIVERSITÉ

22 Mar 2017 description

AI Index: AFR 62/5917/2017
22 March 2017

Item 10 – Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Mr. President,

Amnesty International welcomes the Human Rights Council’s continued interest in the human rights situation in the DRC.

22 Mar 2017 description

Africa's oldest and deepest lake is in danger

Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s natural wonders. Holding about 17 percent of the globe’s surface freshwater, it is also the oldest and the deepest lake in Africa. Bordering four countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia), it offers a source of livelihood for over 10 million people.

A BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT

21 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

CS/12757

Conseil de sécurité
7903e séance – matin
21 mars 2017

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) a, ce matin devant le Conseil de sécurité, rappelé que la mise en œuvre de l’Accord politique du 31 décembre 2016, « qui ouvre de la façon la plus claire la voie à la tenue des élections », incombait en premier lieu à ses signataires. « Aussi longtemps que le dialogue politique demeurera dans l’impasse, les tensions risquent de monter » dans le pays, a déclaré M. Maman Sidikou.

21 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12757

Security Council
7903rd Meeting (AM)
21 March 2017

Mission’s Efforts ‘Unacceptable’ as Uruguay, Civil Society Representatives Cite Remaining Tasks amid Persisting Violence

Delays in holding elections and in implementation of the comprehensive and inclusive agreement signed on 31 December 2016 was prolonging the political uncertainty plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council heard today, as briefers described the country’s deteriorating security and humanitarian situation as a source of major concern.

21 Mar 2017 description
  • Following new armed groups clashes in the Haut-Katanga region, 2 000 households have been displaced in Mitwaba territory. In addition, villages have been looted, houses burnt and 10 people kidnapped. The Rapid Response Mechanism to Population Movement (RRMP), supported by DG ECHO, has been activated to evaluate needs of IDPs and affected populations.

  • Conflict has resumed in the Haut Katanga region between newly created armed groups, following the surrender of the former armed group leader named Gédéon.

21 Mar 2017 description

Kinshasa, le 18 mars 2017 - La MONUSCO exprime ses vives préoccupations sur les allégations faisant état de nouvelles violences à Kananga entre le 14 et le 17 mars 2017. La Mission a reçu des informations crédibles selon lesquelles un nombre important de personnes auraient été tuées au cours d'affrontements entre des miliciens de Kamwina Nsapu et des membres des forces de sécurité congolaises.

21 Mar 2017 description

Kalemie/Kinshasa, 20 March 2017: The violence that has engulfed the southeastern province of Tanganyika since July 2016 and forced over 370,000 people into displacement places it firmly among “the most urgent humanitarian hotspots in a country experiencing a worsening humanitarian situation,” the Humanitarian Coordinator in the DR Congo has stated.

20 Mar 2017 description

Kabila's decision not to step down when his presidential mandate expired in December was followed by a wave of killings and lawlessness across the nation

  • Militia insurrection has spread to five provinces

  • Congo violence rises since Kabila overstayed mandate

  • Government denies army is behind mass graves

By Aaron Ross