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Twenty years on, the Rwandan genocide festers across the border

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Peace Direct

July 23 2014: Dr Denise Bentrovato looks at how the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath is perceived across the border in DR Congo

Last April, the world commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the infamous genocide that tore Rwanda apart in 1994. In only one hundred days, hundreds of thousands were brutally killed there in one of the worst massacres ever recorded in human history.

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NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work

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IRIN

GOMA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.

IRIN:

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South Africa + 2 others
Space to heal in an unequal society

Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.

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Council Conclusions on the Great Lakes Region , 22 July 2014

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European Union

COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Brussels, 22 July 2014

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 30 June 2014

UNHCR operational highlights

• A UNHCR-OCHA mission from Geneva and New York visited Kinshasa, from 10-11 June 2014, for the official roll-out of the new Refugee Coordination Model (RCM), which is a result of the joint UNHCR-OCHA Note on Mixed Solutions: Coordination in Practice, in Democratic Republic of Congo. The overall goal was to introduce the new RCM, reflect on existing coordination practices and the current interface between refugee and IASC coordination, as well as identifying lessons learned and good practices to assist future field application.

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World + 31 others
Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) 2013 Annual Progress Report

Introduction

  1. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) was launched in 2003 with the strategic goal of achieving full access to safe, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation for rural areas in Africa by 2025. The RWSSI targets for 2015 are aligned with the MDG targets of 70% and 62% access to water supply and sanitation, respectively. This report updates stake holders on the progress made in 2013.

Financial Status

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World + 35 others
Annual Report and Accounts 2013–14

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency. The audited statutory accounts include spend against Parliamentary Estimate, and a statement of DFID’s assets and liabilities.

Accounts

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Reconstruire la paix intérieure

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Caritas

Les traumatismes liés au deuil ou à la culpabilité sont multiples au Rwanda, où l’association Ibakwe s’emploie à restaurer les forces vitales humaines.

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Future of Rwanda’s Orphans Still Uncertain

By Amy Fallon

IGALI, Jul 11 2014 (IPS) - Every day, 14-year-old Deborah wakes up in an orphanage, goes to school, and comes home to an orphanage. It does not matter when or for how long she leaves the orphanage, she always knows she’ll be back.

“This is where I live, this is my home,” says the teen, sitting at a wooden desk with other children at the Gisimba Memorial Centre orphanage. She has been intensely colouring in a nativity scene of one famous family – Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

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Rwanda + 1 other
John Kayihula, réfugié congolais au Rwanda : « Je me concentre sur le sport pour oublier ma vie »

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IRIN

CAMP DE RÉFUGIÉS DE GIHEMBE (RWANDA), 11 juillet 2014 (IRIN) - Sur les 14 700 réfugiés congolais hébergés au camp rwandais de Gihembe, rares sont ceux qui envisagent de bientôt rentrer chez eux. La majeure partie des 75 000 réfugiés congolais accueillis au Rwanda sont des Tutsis arrivés entre 1995 et 1997 des territoires de Masisi et Rutshuru, dans le Nord-Kivu, une province qui compte toujours une pléthore de groupes armés, la rendant trop dangereuse pour que les Nations Unies organisent le retour des réfugiés.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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Uganda + 3 others
Les réfugiés de la RDC et les limites des solutions durables

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IRIN

KYANGWALI (OUEST DE L’OUGANDA), 10 juillet 2014 (IRIN) - Faciliter le retour des réfugiés déplacés par le conflit dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) fait partie des éléments clés des efforts de stabilisation de la région.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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Rwanda + 1 other
John Kayihula, Congolese refugee in Rwanda: I focus on sport so as to forget my life

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IRIN

GIHEMBE REUGEE CAMP (RWANDA), 9 July 2014 (IRIN) - Few of the 14,700 Congolese refugees in Rwanda’s Gihembe camp envisage returning home any time soon. As with Rwanda’s total caseload of 75,000 Congolese refugees, most are Tutsis who arrived between 1995 and 1997 from Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, a province which still has a plethora of armed groups, making it too dangerous for the UN to organize refugee returns.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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Ethiopia + 10 others
GIEWS Update: Greater Horn of Africa: Moisture deficits persist in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and the United Republic of Tanzania

Highlights:

  • Late and irregular rains in March and April affected the 2014 main cropping season in most countries

  • Beneficial rains in May improved production prospects in Ethiopia and South Sudan

  • Early depletion of grazing resources in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas following moisture deficits

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Rwanda + 1 other
11 children reunited with their families

Kigali / Geneva (ICRC) – Eleven Rwandan children have been repatriated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Rwanda, where they were reunited with their families. Scattered by the violence that has gripped the region for several years, the families were at last reunited thanks to the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to trace the children’s relatives. This hard work is paying off; 50 Rwandan children have now been reunited with their families since the beginning of the year.

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Rwanda + 1 other
14 enfants retrouvent leur famille

Genève / Kigali (CICR) – Quatorze enfants de nationalité rwandaise ont été rapatriés depuis la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) vers le Rwanda, où ils ont retrouvé leur famille. Dispersées par la violence et les conflits qui secouent la région depuis plusieurs années, ces familles sont enfin réunies grâce au travail de recherche que le CICR a déployé pour retrouver les proches de ces enfants. Un travail qui porte ses fruits, puisque 50 enfants rwandais ont ainsi rejoint leur famille depuis le début de l’année.

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Burundi + 1 other
La communauté burundaise au Rwanda à la rescousse des victimes des inondations

Les victimes des inondations qui ont frappé la capitale burundaise dans la nuit du 9 février 2014 ne sont pas encore remises de cette catastrophe. Au cours de cette phase de reconstruction, les besoins continuent à se faire sentir.

Aide aux victimes des inondationd de fevrier dernier

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Kenya + 8 others
East Africa Seasonal Monitor - July 6, 2014

Early season rainfall deficits in the northern sector of East Africa

Key Messages

  • Early season rainfall deficits were observed in eastern Sudan, Afar and eastern Ethiopia; Karamoja, Uganda; and the Turkana District of Kenya.

  • Below-average rains and an earlier-than-normal end to the March to May rainy season in Rwanda and Burundi are expected reduce Season B harvests through July.

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Malawi + 3 others
Space to become community leaders

Dzaleka, 2 July 2014 – While most of the 18,000 people living in Dzaleka camp dream of leaving, 23 refugees have taken the initiative to turn this not-so-temporary camp into a community.

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Community members educate one another in gender relations

“It began slowly, but after a while we had dynamic meetings where power relations between genders, domestic violence, and conflict resolution were openly discussed”, Rita Nyiratunga explains enthusiastically. She is project officer in Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) and initiated awareness raising and discussions on gender relations in Ngona village, in northern Rwanda in 2012.

04.07.2014 | Felipe Atkins