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RDC: La Grande-Bretagne octroie 2,3 millions de dollars

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KINSHASA, le 1 mars (IRIN) - La Grande-Bretagne a octroyé une aide financière de 2.3 millions de dollars US à la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) pour l'assistance aux pays sinistrés, a indiqué vendredi l'ambassade britannique à Kinshasa, la capitale.
Cette assistance, divisée en trois tranches, a indiqué l'ambassade, provient du fonds d'aide d'urgence du ministre britannique de la coopération internationale.

Les deux premières tranches, respectivement de 745.600 et de 1,3 millions dollars US seront affectées à la coordination

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DRC: IRIN interview with social affairs minister Ingele Ifoto

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KINSHASA, 1 March (IRIN) - Ingele Ifoto, minister of social affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), spoke with IRIN on Thursday regarding the development of a national strategy for social protection, following a conference on the matter that was held from 20 - 22 February.
The DRC, a vast central African country with some 60 million people, is in the midst of major transition: a government of national unity was inaugurated on 30 June 2003, ostensibly bringing an end to nearly five years of war and leading the country to national elections in 2005.
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Two die as UN troops attack militias in DR Congo's Bunia town

KIGALI, March 1 (AFP) - A militiaman and a woman civilian were killed when UN peacekeepers attacked a group of armed men in Bunia town in the troubled northeastern Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the weekend, a UN spokesman said Monday.
Four other militiamen were wounded, two of them seriously, during the operation on Sunday, Leo Salmeron, spokesman for the United Nations mission in the country, MONUC, told AFP by telephone from Bunia.

A Moroccan UN peacekeeper had his leg grazed by a bullet, he added.

"For several days there have been

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RDC : Interview avec le ministre congolais des affaires sociales, Ingele Ifoto

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KINSHASA, le 1 mars (IRIN) - Ingele Ifoto, le ministre des affaires sociales de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) a accordé jeudi à IRIN une interview concernant la stratégie nationale en matière de protection sociale à la suite d'une conférence sur la question, du 20 au 22 février.
La RDC est en pleine face transitoire. Un gouvernement d'unité nationale a été installé le 30 juin 2003 pour mettre fin à près de cinq années de guerre et conduire le pays à des élections générales fin 2005.

La guerre avait entraîné la mort d'environ

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DRC: Ituri update 15 - 31 Jan 2004

INTRODUCTION
The overall political and security environment in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has not significantly improved from the situation at the end of 2003. However, some important political events in December 2003 have given rise to the present conditions in Ituri and its main town, Bunia.

The transitional national government of Kinshasa has been sending high-level representatives to Ituri in order to assert its administrative control over the region. It appears as though

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Burundi + 5 others
Humanitarian Update Uganda Feb 2004 Volume VI, Issue II


CARITAS staff member killed

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Lesotho + 38 others
FAO/GIEWS Foodcrops and Shortages No. 1/2004

CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION

OVERVIEW

As of February 2004, the number of countries facing serious food shortages throughout the world stands at 38 with 24 in Africa, 7 in Asia, 5 in Latin America and 2 in Europe. In many of these countries, food shortages are being compounded by the effect of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on food production, marketing and transport: recently published joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment reports highlight this factor

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Afghanistan + 14 others
Nutrition information in crisis situations - Report number 1

Highlights
Ethiopia - Better prospect for 2004 - The 2003/2004 Meher cereal harvest is estimated at 13.05 million MTs, which is 46% higher than the 2002/2003 season and 11% above the last five-year average. The pastoral areas, such as Somali region, lowland Bale in Oromya and South Omo, are however, facing a severe drought. At country level, the estimated number of food aid beneficiaries has dropped by 50% in 2004, compared to 2003; at regional level, the number of people in need of food aid has sharply decreased in all regions except Gambella
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Angola + 8 others
Millions of Africa's refugees could go home soon, says UNHCR official

GENEVA, Feb 27 (UNHCR) - Millions of Africans uprooted by war are in sight of the day when they can return to their countries, UNHCR's head of operations in Africa told a press conference at the agency's Geneva headquarters today.
Speaking to the media at the Palais des Nations, Africa Bureau Director for UNHCR David Lambo said that thanks to ongoing peace efforts in various regions of Africa, there are potentially more than 2 million refugees who may want to return home over the next three to five years.

Noting that the world is seeing "a

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Secretary-General's representative on internally displaced persons to visit DR Congo

The Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on internally displaced persons, Dr. Francis M. Deng, is scheduled to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 4 to 18 March 2004. The visit comes at the invitation of the Government.
Dr. Deng will hold meetings in the capital, Kinshasa, and will travel to a number of towns in the east of the country, where he is also scheduled to visit sites hosting internally displaced persons. It is estimated that more than 3 million persons are displaced inside the country.

The objective of the mission is to study

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Afghanistan + 28 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 9 of 2004


This report includes:
(A) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iran, (3) Morocco

(B) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) D.R. Congo, (3) Djibouti , (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Kenya, (7) Rwanda, (8) Somalia, (9) Sudan, (10) Tanzania, (11) Uganda

(C) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Guinea, (3) Sierra Leone

(D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional , (2) Angola , (3) Lesotho , (4) Madagascar, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zambia, (9) Zimbabwe

(E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea, (2) Myanmar

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DRC: Disarmament programme gathers momentum

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KINSHASA, 27 February (IRIN) - Since its inception some two years ago, more than 8,500 Burundians, Rwandans and Ugandans have been repatriated through the disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement (DDRRR) programme for foreign armed combatants and their dependents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), under the aegis of the country's UN peacekeeping mission (MONUC) and partner organisations.
Recent figures have shown a significant increase in the process since October 2003, when the total number of repatriated
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Afrique centrale et de l'est: Le DDRRR prend de l'altitude

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le 27 février (IRIN) - Près de 8.500 Rwandais, Ougandais et Burundais ont été rapatriés dans le cadre du processus de démobilisation, désarmement, rapatriement, réintégration et réinstallation (DDRRR) des groupes armés étrangers évoluant en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ces opérations de rapatriement sont menées depuis deux ans par la mission des Nations Unies en RDC (MONUC) et ses partenaires.
Les chiffres récents montrent une accélération du processus depuis octobre 2003 par rapport à une certaine léthargie dénoncée
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Monitoring de la situation humanitaire en RDC du 21 au 27 février 2004

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FAITS MAJEURS

Tentative d'un coup militaire menace la ville de Bukavu, la province de Sud-Kivu. L'attaque contre la maison du Général Nabiolwa, la nuit du 23 au 24 février, par les hommes de son adjoint Mutebusi, à la suite du transfert du Major Kasongo à Kinshasa a été à la base d'une vive tension à Bukavu et dans certaines localités de l'intérieur de la province cette semaine. Le Major Kasongo a été ramené à Bukavu le 25 février, mais la tension était encore perceptible

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DR Congo: Cholera in Mbuji-Mayi Appeal No. 21/03 Operations Update No. 3


Appeal launched on 2 October 2003 for CHF 114,000 (USD 86,642 / EUR 73,929) for three (3) months for 50,000 beneficiaries. Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: N/A
Period covered: 8 January to 9 February 2004

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

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Humanitarian Situation in DRC 21-27 Feb 2004

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Weekly Highlights
  • Military coup attempt threatens Bukavu, South-Kivu Province.
  • Militias in Ituri District destabilize the peace process in the region.
  • At least 30 civilians massacred in Kitenge zone, Katanga Province, mission finds.
  • Measles epidemic hits Walikale Territory, North-Kivu Province.
  • Revolt of 50 Mayi-Mayi takes place in Kindu, Maniema Province.
General Context

Tension felt in North-Kivu Province following

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From Protection to Empowerment: Civilians as Stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Vanessa Kent and Angela McIntyre
ISS Paper 84 - February 2004

Introduction

Formal peace processes hold opportunities to both end violence and to begin addressing the root causes of conflict.1 However, negotiations often revolve solely around placating belligerents; those who, through recourse to violence against civilians, hold the most leverage in negotiations. Civilians, who are most affected by war and are arguably the major stakeholders in peace, are frequently denied voices in these processes. As 'victims', their interests are not wholly addressed

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RDC: Sud Kivu - "A la croisé des chemins: une lueur d'espoir..."

Afin de profiter de l'espace humanitaire qui s'offre présentement dans le Sud Kivu, il est urgent que la communauté humanitaire réponde immédiatement avec des ressources adéquates et des programmes appropriés. Ceci doit être accompagné par l'intensification des efforts du gouvernement particulièrement au niveau de la réunification de l'armée et du DDR....Les évènements de cette semaine à Bukavu démontre l'urgence d'agir !
Ce sont les conclusions de l'équipe de Save the Children qui vient de réaliser une évaluation humanitaire dans la province.
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DRC: MONUC investigates allegations on massacres in Katanga

By Yulu Kabamba
MONUC dispatched a multidisciplinary team on February 19th and 20th to verify allegations of the massacres against civilian populations in Kabongo, North Katanga.

The team, comprised of Human Rights, Political Affairs and Child Protection officers as well as Military Observers, traveled to Kitenge in northern Katanga. It established that two rival Maï Maï factions slaughtered at least 30 civilians since early February in several villages in that part of Katanga.

The evidence gathered in Kitenge suggests that the number of people killed could be higher.

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DR Congo: Agro Action warns that a new civil war could be brewing

Bonn, 02/26/2004

The civilian population is plagued by uncertainty

Agro Action has warned that civil war could break out again in the eastern Congo. The situation is extremely tense in the eastern Congolese province of Ituri, which is rich in natural resources. Harassment of the civilian population has become commonplace in the provincial capital of Bunya, reports Marcus Sack, our project manager there.

For many people, going to the marketplace already means putting one's life on the line. If the civil war breaks out