KINSHASA, 23 September 2016
Habibou Bangré Freelance journalist based in Kinshasa, DRC
President Joseph Kabila’s bid to extend his stay in power was met with protests and violence on the streets of Kinshasa this week, with demonstrators condemning a government they accuse of failing its people.
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Goma – 21 September 2016: MONUSCO Civil Affairs Section in collaboration with the North Kivu Provincial Ministry of Interior through its Support Unit for Pacification and the Catholic diocesan youth center in Goma have organized 2 days of activities on a social dialogue which began on 20th of September and culminated in the Commemoration of the UN Peace day 21 September 2016 in Kibirizi situated about 165 Km north of Goma in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu.
Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Saturday 9/24/2016 - 22:21 GMT
Thirteen people died when a panic-stricken crowd stampeded in a troubled town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, local officials said.
"The incident happened when a drunken soldier in civilian clothes fired four shots from his gun, causing panic," the mayor of Beni, Jean Edmond Nyonyi, said.
"Eight people drowned when they threw themselves in the river, four were killed in accidents and one person died of a heart attack," he said.
Joint statement on the Democratic Republic of Congo by the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and the International Organization of La Francophonie
The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) are gravely concerned by the recent violent events in Kinshasa and elsewhere in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where protesters and security forces clashed, resulting in loss of life.
Following a brief period of suppressed rainfall, Guatemala registers heavy precipitation during the last week
Africa Weather Hazards
Prolonged heavy rainfall during the season throughout the Niger River basin has triggered flooding and inundation along the Niger River in Mali, Niger, and Nigeria. Inundation is also expected to be greater than it has been for many years through the inner Niger delta.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 9/23/2016 - 23:35 GMT
Heavy fighting in the city of Kananga in central Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed many lives, sources said.
The violence erupted on Thursday and continued into Friday, with attacks on the city's airport by supporters of a tribal chief, Kamwena Nsapu, who was killed in August by the military, they said.
"There was a bust-up in Kananga but calm returned in the late afternoon," DR Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende told AFP.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 9/23/2016 - 20:50 GMT
An opposition delegation taking part in a so-called "national dialogue" to resolve a political crisis in DR Congo said Friday it had suspended its participation after deadly violence in the capital this week.
Rioting and violent protests calling for President Joseph Kabila's resignation on Monday and Tuesday claimed at least 50 lives, according to the United Nations.
Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 9/23/2016 - 20:33 GMT
Two people were killed on Friday when a mild earthquake shook a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an early toll, a regional official said.
The quake, whose epicentre was in neighbouring Rwanda, had a magnitude of 4.8, monitors said.
It rattled homes in Bukavu, the main town in South Kivu province.
"The provisional toll is two dead, both of them men... and five injured -- three girls and two men," the provincial minister for health, Nash Mwanza Nangunia, told AFP.
Angola epidemiological update (as of 15 September):
o The last confirmed case had symptom onset on 23 June.
o Three of the four laboratory positive cases reported in the previous situation report have been discarded as having recent vaccination history. The remaining case reported in Tchindjenje district in Huambo province is under investigation.
o Phase II of the vaccination campaign has been prepared and will begin shortly in 12 districts in nine provinces.
The figures for forced migration are staggering and unprecedented. And yet the movement of people is a symptom of a crisis, not the cause. Until there is a global reduction in violence and conflict, the problem will continue to get worse.
By: William Spindler
The number of people fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution in Burundi has passed the 300,000 mark some 18 months after the political crisis in the central African nation erupted in April last year.
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In Western Kasaï, which was divided into three new provinces, the program “CAO 4&5” includes the distribution of kits -family kits, birthing kits and kits for children-. This program, reaching nearly 20% of the local health authorities areas, is part of the Acceleration Framework on the Millennium Development Goals 4&5. In the health areas, the early results have been very positive and health indicators have started to improve. Report from Kabuela in Lomami Province and Miabi in Western Kasaï.
The El Niño weather event has been in a neutral phase since May. Nevertheless, it continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable people in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Dry Corridor in Central America, and Haiti in the Caribbean. This event will also cause long term consequences for public health, nutrition, livelihoods, water and sanitation.
USAID Administrator Smith announces nearly $133 million in additional humanitarian funding for South Sudan
Clashes in Greater Equatoria region prompt population displacement
WFP delivers food assistance to 2.5 million people in August
Office of the Spokesperson
September 22, 2016
GENEVA (22 September 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday issued a strong warning about the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and insisted that, as part of the effort to avert a major crisis, there must be accountability for the killing of dozens of civilians and other human rights violations that took place during the outbreak of violence earlier this week.
The UN Refugee Agency strongly denounces spreading violence in South Sudan’s Greater Equatoria region over the past weeks, including recent attacks on Lasu settlement, in which a young Congolese refugee was killed. His body was found by a group of refugee leaders nearby the settlement, which lies some 40 kilometers south of Yei.