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14 people killed in DR Congo machete attack: NGO

Kinshasa, RD Congo | AFP | Thursday 10/30/2014 - 20:38 GMT

Several people were killed in a machete attack by Ugandan rebels in the Beni region of the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly 100 civilians have already perished, a local non-governmental group said Thursday.

The incursion by the Ugandan rebel group ADF took place overnight and "it's a heavy toll: 14 people massacred by machetes," said Teddy Kataliko, head of the Beni region civil society. Authorities did not confirm the toll, saying just that the attack left "several dead".

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Katanga: More efforts are necessary - A report on humanitarian response and the remaining challenges in DRC’s Katanga Province


After years of calm, Katanga has become a powderkeg, like other provinces in the eastern part of the DRC. With some 580,000 internally displaced people and about 300,000 returnees since March 2013, Katanga is, after the two Kivus, the third most affected province by displacements.

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Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold - Issue 1, 2014

The latest Occasional Paper published by ACCORD makes connections between the vicious cycles of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North and South Kivu provinces (the Kivus) and the intractable conflicts in the DRC. Written by Joyce Muraya and ACCORD's John Ahere, Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold places the Kivus at the epicentre of the crisis in the DRC and persisting insecurity in the Great Lakes region as a whole.

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Zimbabwe + 6 others
UNHCR and WFP Joint Assessment Mission Report: Tongogara Refugee Camp, Zimbabwe

The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was conducted over the period from February until June 2014 with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the situation, needs, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of asylum seekers and refugees with regards to their food and nutrition security as well as livelihood opportunities, and providing recommendations for the next 6 to 12 months. This JAM report aims to provide information for programming through the design of a joint -programme cycle for UN agencies and their partners under the coordination of the Government of Zimbabwe.

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No ‘Nobler Goal or Greater Sacrifice’ than Peacekeepers’ Decision to Leave Home to ‘Serve the Cause of Peace, Security and Justice’, Fourth Committee Hears


Sixty-ninth session, 16th Meeting (AM)

Nothing represented the best of the United Nations globally than the sight of blue helmets safeguarding peace day in and out in difficult locations, the representative of Indonesia said this morning, as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) continued its comprehensive review of peacekeeping operations, during which speakers laid out their vision for a process that responded to new challenges without abandoning traditional tenets.

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Côte d'Ivoire + 3 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 41) [EN/FR]

Côte d’Ivoire : Confirmation d’une épidémie de choléra à Abidjan

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Liberia + 8 others
WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 29 October 2014


  • There have been 13 703 EVD cases, with 4 920 deaths, up to the end of 27 October.

  • All districts in Liberia and Sierra Leone are now affected.

  • Thursday 30 October marks 30 days since the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response plan was implemented.

  • Mali reported its first case on 23 October.

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Central African Republic: Refugee Situation UNHCR Regional Update 37, 18 - 24 October 2014


  • On 18 October, a delegation led by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) for Central Africa and Head of UN Mission in Central Africa, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo, Mr. Basile Ikwébé, arrived in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) to engage in “direct dialogue” with all signatories to the Brazzaville Agreement including the transitional Government and representatives of armed groups in an attempt to appease the tense situation in the country.

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In Goma, Capoeira Brings Peace to Children


In my capacity as a Mexican capoeira practitioner, I arrived in North Kivu in September to lead the project “Capoeira for Peace”. Together with Dieudonné, a capoeira practitioner from Kinshasa, I lead the training in capoeira for children released from armed forces or groups. Here is how this martial art is helping with their reintegration.

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Welcome home // Released women and children return to Uganda

What gets us more excited than free Halloween candy? Well, unlimited free Halloween candy… and inspiring updates from our International Programs team.

In case you missed it…

Over the summer, we saw an unprecedented increase in LRA defections and releases. Since August, around 100 individuals have returned home from the LRA. Whether they were released or escaped of their own will, for those 100 people, the war is finally over.

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World + 13 others
In Presidential Statement, Security Council Urges States to Bolster Protection, Empowerment of Displaced Women, Girls

7289th Meeting (AM & PM)

During Day-Long Debate, Over 70 Speakers Take Stock of Progress, Recommending Targeted Solutions to Stem Threats from Violent Extremism

The Security Council today urged States, other parties to conflicts and the United Nations system to step up measures to protect and empower displaced women and girls and those facing threats of violent extremism, ahead of a day-long debate on women, peace and security.

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World + 5 others
Scale of United Nations Peacekeeping across Massive Distances in Midst of Conflict Matched by Operational Complexity, Department Head Tells Fourth Committee

Sixty-ninth session,
15th Meeting (AM)

The “remarkable” scale of United Nations peacekeeping operations, where personnel often operated in remote areas, across massive distances and in increasingly hostile environments, came alive today in the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) during briefings by senior Secretariat officials, as that body began its annual comprehensive review of the subject.

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Pluie torentielle: le ministre des Affaires humanitaires attendu à Kahele

Radio Okapi

Denière mise à jour le 28 octobre, 2014 à 1:10

Le ministre des Affaires humanitaires est attendu ce mardi 28 octobre au Sud-Kivu pour se render compte de dégâts causés par la pluie dans le territoire de Kalehe, qui a fait samedi une centaine de morts. Une délégation du conseil provincial de gestion des catastrophes, conduite par le gouverneur de province Marcellin Cishambo, n’a pas pu arriver lundi sur les lieux de la catastrophe; la route et le pont Luzira étant coupés.

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World + 6 others
The “empty void” is a crowded space: health service provision at the margins of fragile and conflict affected states

BioMed Central


Background: Definitions of fragile states focus on state willingness and capacity to ensure security and provide essential services, including health. Conventional analyses and subsequent policies that focus on state-delivered essential services miss many developments in severely disrupted healthcare arenas. The research seeks to gain insights about the large sections of the health field left to evolve spontaneously by the absent or diminished state.

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Scores feared dead in DR Congo flood disaster

Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP | Tuesday 10/28/2014 - 18:12 GMT

Scores of people were feared dead Tuesday in terrible floods that hit the strife-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 700 homes, a school and a church were reportedly destroyed around Bushushu village in South Kivu province after heavy rain set off landslides, with some victims said to have been swept into Lake Kivu.

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World + 49 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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IOM’s Emergency Operations and Coordination in North Kivu - 27 October 2014

In this issue

  • IOM’s Emergency Operations Program monitoring and evaluation missions: OFDA and EU/ECHO donor official visits in Goma and Masisi Centre-Nyabiondo axis IDP displacement sites.

  • Continuation of IOM’s biometric registration operations in Mugunga 1 displacement site.

  • Displacement sites consolidation and closure in Goma area.

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