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Ebola sleuths scour DR Congo jungle for source of outbreak

10/23/2014 - 03:24 GMT

by Kathy KATAYI

Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison.

Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has been contained.

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UN Mission comes under attack, steps up security

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UN News Service

MONUSCO has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one on Tuesday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members.

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Humanitarian funding analysis: Displacement, North Kivu, DRC - 22 October 2014

Key messages

• US$378 million of humanitarian funding has been allocated to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so far in 2014.

• US$11 million of the 2014 total has been allocated specifically to North Kivu, of which US$1 million went to Beni in June 2014.

• The United States (US), European Commission (EC) and United Kingdom (UK) are the top three humanitarian donors to DRC in 2014, and also feature as the top three between 2012 and 2014.

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We Are Not Afraid: Story of a Forgotten Crisis

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Medair

Four years ago, a Medair team flew into the forested Ango region of northeastern D.R. Congo and found thousands of families displaced after vicious attacks by armed militia. Many families lived in Ango town, where local residents suffered because of a lack of access to health care, safe water, and food. People had received virtually no humanitarian aid, not because their needs weren’t urgent, but because they were so hard to reach.

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ICC/Bemba – Four Bemba associates get interim release

Arusha, October 22, 2014 (FH) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of four suspects close to Congolese Senator and former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, “to avoid that the duration of the pre-trial detention become disproportionate”.

Jean-Pierre Bemba is on trial before the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

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Liberia + 7 others
WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 22 October 2014

SUMMARY

A total of 9936 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal) up to the end of 19 October. A total of 4877 deaths have been reported.

The outbreaks of EVD in Senegal and Nigeria were declared over on 17 October and 19 October 2014, respectively.

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Dispatches: Cheers for A Congolese Hero

In a move that will surely draw a collective cheer from thousands of women whose lives have been destroyed by brutal sexual violence, the European Parliament announced that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege won the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. I am cheering with them.

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Malawi + 3 others
Malawi: a ticket to hope, graduation of online university students in Dzaleka refugee camp

Dzaleka, 6 October 2014 – Only a few years ago, the idea of offering higher education in refugee camps would have been considered almost inconceivable. Yet today the graduation ceremony in Dzaleka camp has become an annual event. This occasion, said Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, Peter Balleis SJ, was as a celebration of 'normality'.

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ICRC concerned by violence against civilians in North Kivu

Geneva/Kinshasa (ICRC) – Following two deadly attacks that took place in the cities of Béni and Eringeti, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has transferred 14 casualties by air to Goma's Ndosho Hospital.

"We are extremely worried by the nature and extent of the recent violence, which is afflicting people already hard hit by years of armed conflict," said Alessandra Menegon, head of the ICRC delegation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "These attacks against civilians are a serious infringement of the most basic principles of humanity. They must stop."

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 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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World + 9 others
Gender and Peace No.3 - October 2014

This issue features

  • Sexual violence in Iraq
  • Forced displacement in Syria
  • Subcommittee on gender in the peace negotiations in Colombia

Impact of conflicts

Israel – Palestine

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Democratic Republic of Congo - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attacks by armed groups continue to displace populations in eastern DRC, while increased security in some areas is supporting limited returns.

  • On October 3, U.S. Ambassador James C. Swan redeclared a disaster in the DRC due to the ongoing complex emergency and projected humanitarian needs.

  • In FY 2014, the U.S. Government (USG) provided more than $181 million to support humanitarian activities for displaced and conflict-affected populations in the DRC.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Central African Republic: Refugee Situation UNHCR Regional Update 36, 11 - 17 October 2014

HIGHLIGHT

  • The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) and head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Mr. Babacar Gaye, requested that all concerned parties ensure the implementation of the Brazzaville agreement as he believes that the recent crisis in Bangui is partly due to its non-application. Mr. Gaye believes that enforcement of the agreement, signed on 23 July 2014, would lead to the end of the crisis and provide a way to return to constitutional order.

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Ghana + 7 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 39) [EN/FR]

With almost 21,000 cases, Ghana has a new record number, and the outbreak has already spread along the coast to Togo and Benin. The situation in Lake Chad Basin is of concern as well.

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IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

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Female Peacekeepers receive training on gender and effectiveness in military organizations

The MONUSCO Force Commander, General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, has established a Gender Field Advisory unit within his team, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (31 October 2000) on Women, Peace and Security, and following a request from the MONUSCO Gender section.

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DR Congo: UN rights chief condemns government's decision to expel envoy

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19 October 2014 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today that he “regrets and condemns” the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in there.

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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, profoundly concerned at the request of DRC Government calling for the departure of Scott Campbell

Kinshasa, 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply disturbed by the request of the DRC government, calling for the departure of Scott Campbell, the chief of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and calls upon the government to reconsider its decision.