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05 May 2016 description

In March 2016, fighting in Western Bahr el-Ghazal continued to forced thousands to flee their homes in and around Wau. In Gette payam, Jur River County, more than 5,000 IDPs are reported to be living in makeshift structures in four newly establish settlements after fleeing fighting in the border area between Bessilia and Gette payams during the month. In Jonglei, inter-communal fighting in Pochalla North and South counties from 21 to 31 March left thousands of people estimated to be displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance.

05 May 2016 description
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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.

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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
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Parents' decision to marry off their young daughters is influenced by concerns about poverty, protection from rape and its stigma, prevention of pregnancy outside marriage, and from the influence of other communities – all issues exacerbated by displacement. Rather than solving these problems, child marriage isolates girls from what opportunities exist.

Nine of the top 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are fragile states. Yet married girls are invisible in humanitarian programming.

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

L’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) continue d’être marqué par une crise humanitaire qui affecte plus de 1,8 million de personnes déplacées internes. Les attaques et les violences armées sont la principale cause de déplacements, soit plus de 79% de l’effectif cumulé total. En moyenne, durant le premier trimestre, 2 000 personnes se déplaçaient par jour. La Province du Nord-Kivu, avec près de 800 000 personnes déplacées, soit plus du tiers de l’effectif national, demeure la province la plus touchée par la problématique des déplacements.

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

Au sommaire

  • Des sites de déplacés menacés de fermeture P.1

  • El Nino et ses conséquences P.3

  • Beni, symbole de la protection des civils P.4

  • Technologie et sécurité alimentaire P.5

FAITS SAILLANTS

• 45 000 personnes déplacées affectées par la situation sécuritaire dans la zone de Mpati

• Inondations et sécheresse, la double conséquence d’El Nino affecte des centaines de milliers de Congolais

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.

03 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Burundi, UNHCR continued to monitor returns and carry out its refugee response programmes. However, freedom of movement is becoming increasingly restricted, limiting access to persons of concern.

  • In Rwanda, the Government, UNHCR and its partners successfully facilitated the organisation of the triennial refugee representative elections, which took place from 22 to 23 March.

03 May 2016 description
  • As of 30 April, global funding requirements to meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans and appeals for 2016 amount to over US$20.3 billion. About $3.8 billion in funding has been received so far, leaving a shortfall of $16.5 billion. With the emergence of new humanitarian crises, global financial requirements have increased by around 2 per cent in the first trimester of the year.

03 May 2016 description

Ongoing violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to force thousands of people, the majority women and children, out of their homes. Twenty years of intermittent violence in the eastern regions of DRC have depleted civilians' coping mechanisms, almost destroying their ability to make a living. Thousands of people have been forced to flee to other parts of the country. North Kivu, a small province rich in fertile land and mines (diamonds, gold, wolfram, coltan), has consistently been the worst-affected area.