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Yellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo - 24 Apr 2014

24 APRIL 2014 - On 12 March 2014, 2 events of yellow fever were reported in the North and in the South of DRC. Six laboratory-confirmed cases with yellow fever virus infection were reported. Of these, 3 were from Bondo health zone(1), Orientale Province, 2 from Buta health zone, Orientale Province and 1 from Kikondja health zone, Katanga Province. In total 139 suspected, probable and confirmed cases, including 6 deaths were reported.

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Action Plans to Prevent and End Violations Against Children

The 11th Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (2012) listed 32 persistent perpetrators of grave violations against children– that is, those who were perpetrators for a period of five years or longer -, and proposed measures to increase pressure on these perpetrators to end violations. One of the recommendations focused on action plans, an important tool in preventing and ending violations.

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Renforcement des capacités nationales dans la gestion des armes et munitions en République démocratique du Congo

Le 18 avril 2014, le Service de Lutte Antimines des Nations Unies en RDC (UNMAS) et les FARDC ont organisé une cérémonie de clôture de formation en gestion et sécurité des armes et munition était indispensable pour le personnel chargé du maintien et de la gestion dudit dépôt. Et ce, après avoir finalisé la construction d’un dépôt des munitions à Kisangani en octobre 2013.

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Improving national capacity to safely manage weapons and ammunition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

On 18 April 2014, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) together with the National Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) held a ceremony to mark the closure of the Weapons and Ammunition Management training course in Kisangani, Province Orientale.

Following the recent completion of an ammunition depot facility in Kisangani in October 2013, UNMAS recognised that a training course for key weapons and ammunition management personnel, who would be managing the new depot, would be essential.

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WWF condemns Soco seismic testing in Virunga

In defiance of local protests and international opposition, UK company Soco International PLC will start on Saturday the seismic testing phase of its controversial oil exploration project in Virunga National Park, according to media reports.

Residents living near the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) park say that portions of Lake Edward will be closed to fishing while Soco searches for subterranean oil reserves. If deposits are found, WWF understands that the company intends to drill exploration wells in the lake.

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Conflict-related sexual violence - Report of the Secretary-General (S/2014/181)

The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2013, is submitted pursuant to paragraph 22 of Security Council resolution 2106 (2013) , in which the Council requested me to submit annual reports on the implementation of resolutions 1820 (2008) , 1888 (2009) , 1960 (2010) and 2106 (2013) with regard to conflict - related sexual violence. The report presents information on parties to conflict credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence.

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Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group to hold nineteenth session in Geneva from 28 April to 9 May

BACKGROUND RELEASE

24 April 2014

The nineteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will be held in Geneva from 28 April to 9 May during which 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined under this mechanism.

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Sud-Kivu: les FARDC tuent 3 rebelles burundais du FNL à Muhungu

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Radio Okapi

Trois rebelles burundais du Front national pour la libération (FNL) ont été tués à l’issue des combats qui les opposent, depuis mercredi 23 avril, aux Forces armées de la RDC (FARDC) sur les collines de Katonyera, dans le groupement de Muhungu, à plus de 100 km au Sud de Bukavu (Sud-Kivu). Le commandant militaire du 111è régiment des FARDC basé à Kabunambo, le colonel Innocent Habarugira, a confirmé le bilan de ces affrontements.

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Centrafrique : 3 000 réfugiés congolais de retour en RDC, selon le HCR

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Radio Okapi

Trois mille Congolais réfugiés en République centrafricaine (RCA) ont déjà regagné leur pays. L’opération de rapatriement a été lancée depuis dix jours, selon la porte-parole à la représentation régionale du HCR en RDC, Céline Schmitt. Ces réfugiés qui vivaient dans le camp de Batalimo en RCA sont regroupés au centre de transit de Batanga dans la province de l’Equateur (RDC).

Avant le début de l’opération de rapatriement, le camp de réfugiés de Batalimo comptait environ six mille réfugiés congolais. Selon le HCR, neuf cents réfugiés sont rapatriés tous les deux jours.

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The President’s Malaria Initiative - Eighth Annual Report to Congress | April 2014

Tomorrow, April 25, 2014, is World Malaria Day. Each year, this day commemorates the global fight toward zero malaria deaths and mobilizes action to combat the disease. On this occasion, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), releases its Eighth Annual Report to Congress [PDF, 20MB], which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria.

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Central African Republic Situation Report No. 22 (as of 23 April 2014)

Food distributions and medical, nutrition, NFI and WASH support are provided through an emergency allocation of US$250,000 from the Common Humanitarian Fund.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Bandundu: MSF enregistre plus 1400 cas de fièvre typhoïde à Tembo

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Radio Okapi

Mille quatre cent neuf personnes ont souffert de la fièvre typhoïde dans la zone de santé de Tembo depuis le mois de janvier. L’ONG internationale Médecins sans frontière (MSF) a organisé une campagne de riposte contre la maladie dans cette localité de la province du Bandundu située à la frontière avec l’Angola.

MSF a indiqué que 24 personnes sont décédées de suite de cette maladie depuis le début de l’année. Selon l’ONG, un grand nombre de malades provenaient de plusieurs aires de santé situées le long de la rivière Kwango.

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Sauver les bananes relance l'économie à Minova

Minova, petite ville du Sud-Kivu, n’a pas été épargnée par la guerre qui ensanglante les provinces de l’est de la République démocratique du Congo depuis près de deux décennies. Située au nord de la ville de Bukavu, Minova a accueilli des déplacés du Sud et du Nord-Kivu, tout particulièrement lors des affrontements entre le groupe armé M23 et l’armée congolaise dans et autour de Goma en novembre 2012.

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Donors respond to plea on behalf of hungry vulnerable families in DR Congo

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions of more than US$48 million for food assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The contributions were from by the African Development Bank, France, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America.

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Souriez, vous êtes vaccinés!

by SÉRAPHIN NTIKALA

Lors de la couverture médiatique de la campagne intégrée de vaccination contre la rougeole et la poliomyélite organisée du 18 au 22 mars 2014 à Kindu, chef-lieu de la province du Maniema en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), je rencontre avec l’équipe de superviseurs de l’UNICEF, Kanyoloka Mutoro Aloma, un garçon de 7 ans qui amène ses trois petits frères, dont un bébé de 6 mois, au site de vaccination du centre de santé Basoko.

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Rural road (re)construction Transport and rural livelihoods in the conflict-affected and fragile state environment of South Kivu

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Substantial international investment has gone into the rehabilitation of the road infrastructure in DRC, but little is known about the impact of road rehabilitation on the organisation of urban-rural transport or on rural people’s lives. This new report is based on a survey among 1250 households in South Kivu, a review of the transport sector and qualitative community research.

The main findings are:

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Ebola Outbreak - British Red Cross sends more support to West Africa

For further information contact:

Henry Makiwa 0207 877 7479/ HMakiwa@redcross.org.uk

On call mobile: 0771 0391703

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World Bank to help Democratic Republic of Congo strengthen management of health and education systems

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World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved support to the Democratic Republic of Congo as the country strives to strengthen management of its health and education systems and make rapid and sustainable progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

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MONUSCO pledges support to the organization of DRC’s elections, says Martin Kobler

Kinshasa – During his visit to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI in French acronym) Monday 21 April, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo pledged MONUSCO’s support for the organization of the upcoming elections.

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Central African Crisis: Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 22 April 2014)

The security situation throughout the country remains volatile. Inter-community attacks continue, notably against Muslim communities, driving-up the number of refugees and evacuees fleeing to Chad, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, and the DRC. Grave protection concerns remain in the capital and the provinces.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.