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DR Congo: Measles outbreak in northern Katanga

There is measles outbreak in Malemba-Nkulu territory in northern Katanga region in Congo(DRC). It is affecting more than ten villages.Around 3500 cases recorded in last couple of weeks and more than 150 children died so far.

Doctors Worldwide (DWW) has set up 4 emergency medical teams to send the area. . Transport is very difficult particularly after heavy rains in recent weeks. We are co-coordinating help with WHO, OCHA and local government. Following actions have been taken;

4 kits of medical supplies boughtand will be sent by 4 teams in 4villages, and expect tocover

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DR Congo: New UNDP supported DDR project for Ituri combatants

Eoin Young / MONUC

A memorandum of understanding was signed this Friday June 1 2007, which will launch a UNDP supported US$3 million DDR (Disarmament Demobilisation and Reinsertion) pilot project for more than 3,000 ex combatants from three armed groups in Ituri district, due to begin in the coming weeks.

The memorandum of understanding for the project, financed by Japan, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United States, as well as UNDP funds, was signed by UN Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary General in the DRC and UNDP country coordinator Ross Mountain,

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Burundi + 6 others
España hará una contribución a ACNUR de más de 14 millones de euros para apoyar sus programas de asistencia a refugiados y desplazados

El Alto Comisario de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, Ant=F2nio Guterres, y la secretaria de Estado de Cooperación Internacional, Leire Pajín, acuerdan la futura puesta en marcha de un fondo de reserva para asistencia rápida a los refugiados en crisis humanitarias.

Madrid, 1 de junio de 2007. El Alto Comisario de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, Ant=F2nio Guterres, y la Secretaria de Estado de Cooperación Internacional, Leire Pajín, firmaron hoy un documento de conclusiones que recoge las líneas generales de colaboración

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DR Congo: Students protest insecurity in country's east

BUKAVU, DRCongo, June 1, 2007 (AFP) - Hundreds of students protested on Friday in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile South Kivu region following a massacre of civilians last weekend.

"The cycle of violence must stop," one student said. "We have cried enough. The government must tend to its responsibilities and stop the violence."

Suspected Rwandan Hutu rebels attacked an area west of Bukavu last weekend, killing 18 people and wounding 27 with axes, bayonets, knives and clubs.

A further 18 people were kidnapped and

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RD Congo : Nord-Kivu - deux millions d'euros de la France au PAM pour les populations déplacées

Le Potentiel

La France vole au secours des populations déplacées de l'Est de la République démocratique du Congo. Elle-même venant en appui au Programme alimentaire mondial qui puise de plus en plus dans ses stocks de vivres et autres biens, tant le nombre de déplacés augmente pratiquement au jour le jour.

L'ambassadeur de France en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), Bernard Prévost, a annoncé, le mercredi 30 mai dernier à Goma dans la province du Nord-Kivu, un don de deux millions d'euros au Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), destiné à l'achat de

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DR Congo : Un nouveau programme DDR du PNUD pour les combattants d'Ituri

Eoin Young / MONUC

Le Représentant spécial adjoint de l'ONU en RD Congo, en même temps Coordinateur Résident de PNUD, Ross Mountain, et le Ministre de la Défense et des anciens combattants, Chikez Diemu, ont signé, ce vendredi 1er juin 2007, un mémorandum d'accord sur un programme pilote de démobilisation, désarmement et réinsertion (DDR) de trois groupes armés encore actifs en Ituri.

Ce projet, exécuté par le PNUD, est financé à hauteur de trois millions de dollars américain par le Japon, l'Irlande, la Norvège, la Suède, les Etats-Unis et par des fonds propres du PNUD.

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DRC/Rwanda: Congo risks fresh war in east - Catholic archbishop

By Joe Bavier

KINSHASA, June 1 (Reuters) - War could break out again in the eastern provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo unless the Congolese army and United Nations peacekeepers intervene to prevent it, according to a senior Catholic Church official.

Monsignor Francois-Xavier Maroy, Archbishop of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, made the warning in a letter this week to France's ambassador to Congo. Rebels massacred 18 villagers in his province last weekend.

Despite an election last year which crowned

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DR Congo: June mission to the Congo to investigate new displacement in North Kivu

On Thursday, May 31, RI advocates Sayre Nyce and Rick Neal landed in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), at the start of a three-week mission. Hundreds of thousands have abandoned their homes in the eastern province of North Kivu since the beginning of the year, and RI will visit the sites where they have sought shelter to discover what caused them to flee and what help they have received.

Overall, the situation in the DRC has improved markedly over the past few years: conflict in many areas has died

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Afghanistan + 11 others
Hunger's global hotspots 01 Jun 2007


Hungry people across the globe in desperate situations are reliant on WFP food. Here are this week's global hotspots.


After a five truck convoy was attacked on May 24 and some 60 mt of food looted in Bala Murghab district of Badghis province, a police-escorted, 12 vehicle convoy was attacked on May 28 in Bakwa district of Farah province.

The attempt to loot the cargo resulted in the killing of two police escorts.

In yet another incident, this time in the southern province of Kandahar, a truck loaded with 40 mt of food was diverted and food looted.

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DRC: DWW press release 01 Jun 2007

There is measles outbreak in Malemba-Nkulu territory in northern Katanga region in Congo(DRC). It is affecting more than ten villages. Around 3500 cases recorded in last couple of weeks and more than 150 children died so far.

Doctors Worldwide (DWW) has set up 4 emergency medical teams to send the area. . Transport is very difficult particularly after heavy rains in recent weeks. We are co-coordinating help with WHO, OCHA and local government. Following actions have been taken;

4 kits of medical supplies bought and will be sent by 4 teams in 4 villages, and expect to cover at least 800

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DRC: Weekend attack prompts villagers to flee in northeast

KINSHASA, 31 May 2007 (IRIN) - Days after armed men, suspected to be Rwandan rebels, attacked villages in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing scores of people, civilians have fled their villages, aid workers said.

An assessment mission involving various United Nations agencies observed the movement of people from Kanyola towards Budodo and Walungu centre, said Kemal Saiki, spokesman for the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUC).

"The displaced families spent the night in the Catholic parish of Kanyola, in the general hospital at Kanyola


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Burundi + 2 others
Great Lakes: Press Conference by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called today for a "dual track" approach to impunity targeting perpetrators as much as victims of abuses in Africa's Great Lakes region.

Responding to questions at a Headquarters press conference on her recent two-week trip to Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, she called on leaders in the region to exercise "a strong voice of denunciation" regarding perpetrators of sexual violence.

She said that, while victims were stigmatized

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DR Congo: MONUC supports increased participation of women in forthcoming local elections

Eoin Young / MONUC

In partnership with CAFCO (Framework for Congolese women), MONUC's Gender division organised a national consultation and evaluation workshop on the participation of women in DRC society in Kinshasa on 30 May 2007, with the aim of improving their representation in the forthcoming local elections to be held next year.

Head of MONUC's Gender Affairs division Amy Smythe explained that the Kinshasa workshop was a consolidation and validation of the recommendations formulated following 11 different workshops held in the provinces during the month of May.

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La MONUC sensibilise les femmes congolaises avant les prochaines élections locales

Nina Yacoubian / MONUC

Le Bureau Genre de la MONUC en partenariat avec le Cadre de concertation de la Femme Congolaise (CAFCO) a organisé à Kinshasa, le 30 mai 2007, un atelier de consultation nationale sur la participation des femmes dans le processus électoral en cours et le renforcement subséquent de leurs rôles en politique.

Cet atelier a pour objectif d'évaluer les résultats et les informations recueillies lors des onze différentes consultations effectuées dans les provinces durant le mois de mai 2007, ainsi que de déterminer des stratégies efficaces pour garantir une plus

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US donations welcomed for hungry poor in Africa and South America

Washington, DC, 31 May 2007 - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday welcomed US government contributions in May totaling $32.4 million to feed people confronting critical humanitarian situations ranging from severe drought to conflict in Kenya, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Colombia.

The latest series of major donations, from the Office of Food for Peace at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) , bring total American contributions to WFP operations for the

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Burundi + 2 others
Grand Lacs : Conférence de presse de Louise Arbour, Haut-Commissaire de l'ONU aux droits de l'homme

De retour d'une mission de deux semaines en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), au Burundi et au Rwanda, la Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l'homme, Louise Arbour, a appelé aujourd'hui les dirigeants de la région des Grands Lacs à dénoncer d'une « voix ferme » les auteurs de violences sexuelles.

Si les victimes de ces violences sont stigmatisées et socialement ostracisées, tel n'est absolument pas le cas pour leurs auteurs, a souligné Mme Arbour, lors d'une conférence de presse au Siège des Nations Unies, à New York. Les tentatives visant à accompagner

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Secretary-General, in remarks at Africa Day celebrations, urges full use of region's institutional mechanisms to promote real progress


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at the Africa Day celebrations in New York today, 31 May:

I am delighted to welcome you to this celebration to mark Africa Day. Every year, Africa Day provides an appropriate opportunity to reflect on the continent's prospects, take stock of its problems, and acknowledge its achievements.

Through such initiatives as the New Partnership for Africa's Development and its Peer Review Mechanism, the leaders and

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IRC assists victims of D.R. Congo massacre

The International Rescue Committee in the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing to assist thousands of people displaced by an attack late last week in the country's troubled South Kivu Province. Nineteen civilians, among them women and children, were killed the night of May 26 when militias attacked the villages of Nyabuluze, Muhungu and Dhihamba near the provincial capital Bukavu. Victims were slashed with machetes during the attack.

The IRC team, which assessed the villages along with staff from the United Nations peacekeeping force and U.N. agencies

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Importante contribution des Etats-Unis pour lutter contre la faim en Afrique et en Amérique du sud

Washington DC, le 31 mai 2007. Le programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a remercié mardi le gouvernement des États-Unis pour leurs 32,4 millions de dollars de don en mai afin d'apporter de l'aide alimentaire aux personnes confrontées à des situations humanitaires critiques, allant des grandes sécheresses aux conflits au Kenya, au Tchad, en République Centrafricaine, en République Démocratique du Congo, au Zimbabwe et en Colombie.

Un donateur très généreux

Ce dernier don, de la part du Bureau pour la Nourriture et la Paix de l'Agence américaine pour le Développement

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Somalia + 9 others
Nutrition information in crisis situations - Report number 13


Somalia-Hundreds of thousands of displaced face dire conditions- Fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), backed by the Ethiopian troops, and anti-TFG factions increased in Mogadishu in March and April, and was reported to be the worst wave of violence in the city for 16 years. An estimated 395,000 people, representing about one third of the town's population, have fled the city and concentrated mostly in Shabelle, Galgadud, Hiran, Mudug and Bay regions. In addition, another 30-40% of the population of Mogadishu