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From Child Gunman to Social Educator: WFP food forges social cohesion and supports peace process in Eastern DRC

By Djaounsede Pardon Madjiangar

The protracted armed conflict in DRC which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives continues to negatively affect wellbeing and social development of children, especially those who were forced to pick up the weapon and fight for their lives. For those children, transitioning from child soldier to normal life is another struggle. To help them through, WFP works with UN and NGO partners to build trust and help the children get back on their feet. Pappy Chimalamungo, former child soldier tells us how a child soldier’s life can be transformed!

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World + 8 others
Ebola outbreak in West Africa: staff care resources

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People In Aid

As the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows and the number of deaths is increasing, it is critical to keep both communities, and those who are there to help them, safe. What should aid organisations be thinking about to support their staff in affected areas?

Resources

People In Aid has a range of staff care resources available on our online resource centre.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No. 3, 28 August 2014

Update

  • Between 28 July and 27 August 2014, a total of 42 cases have been identified in the Area, including 13 deaths (mortality rate: 31%).

  • 13 people died from the disease (31% mortality rate), including 5 health professionals. 11 people have been put in isolation.

  • 147 contacts identified for follow-up.

  • 6 positive samples out of 8 after a second analysis carried out at the INRB in Kinshasa and at the CIRMF of France Ville in Gabon.

  • Other samples taken in Boende on 27 August being sent to Kinshasa.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Angola + 1 other
Angola Repatriation: Antonio returns home after 40 years in DR Congo

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 28 (UNHCR) – When Antonio last stood in his home village of Kwilu, Angola was a colony of Portugal on the verge of becoming independent.

A last flourish of fighting in the final weeks of colonialism, forced him to escape across the nearby border to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). "Everyone was fleeing," he recalled, adding: "I fled without my parents and met them later again in Congo." That was 40 years ago, but as the independence struggle was followed by civil war, he kept on delaying his return from exile in the DRC.

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Another chance to be a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has already cost the lives of close to 3 million children. Apart from this catastrophic figure it has left many thousand others traumatised, suffering, and in need for help. Providing them with formal education is one way to alleviate their suffering. Our information assistant in West Africa met with children who are enrolled in ECHO-funded education projects and heard about their dreams for the future.

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Central African Republic: Refugee Situation UNHCR Regional Update 29, 16-22 August 2014

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  • Mahamat Kamoun officially took office on 14 August. The PM intends to form a broadly based government, which will revitalise the political process and achieve the implementation of the cease-fire signed in Brazzaville in late July. During the week, a delegation of political leaders went to Brazzaville in order to engage in further discussions with the Congolese president and acting mediator for the Central African crisis.

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Western Equatoria State forms Ebola task force

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Miraya FM

The Western Equatoria State government has formed an Ebola task force in response to an outbreak of the deadly disease reported in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The team will carry out surveillance along the common border and set up an isolation unit at Yambio hospital for suspected cases.

The Acting State Minister for Health, Pia Phillip says the taskforce is comprised of experts from different organizations.

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Liberia + 1 other
Congolese Medical Team Arrives In Liberia, Pledges To Work With Liberia Medical Professionals In Fighting Ebola

A five man medical team from the Democratic Republic of Congo has arrived in Liberia with a pledge to help Liberia in its fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease. The five man team headed by Professor Doctor Muyembe Fafum Jean Jacques, Coordinator of the Ebola Control Team in DR. Congo arrived in the country on Friday, August 22, 2014 on board Delta Airlines.

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What is contact tracing? Contact tracing can stop the Ebola outbreak in its tracks

Contact tracing is finding everyone who comes in direct contact with a sick Ebola patient. Contacts are watched for signs of illness for 21 days from the last day they come in contact with the Ebola patient. If the contact develops a fever or other Ebola symptoms, they are immediately isolated, tested, provided care, and the cycle states again - all of the new patient's contacts are found and watched for 21 days. Even one missed contact can keep the outbreak going.

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The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region received at the African Union

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African Union

Addis Ababa, on 27 August 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, met with the newly-appointed United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, on 26 August 2014, at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, as he begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Djinnit also held discussions with the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui.

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Hounded from home, raped Congolese woman seeks refuge in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, August 27 (UNHCR) – Four months ago, Mama Monique* was dragged out of her home in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and raped by four armed men, who had just murdered her husband.

The crime was not carried out in some rural backwater, but in Goma, a city of several hundred thousand people and capital of North Kivu province. Yet nobody came to help her or offer condolences, instead neighbours shunned the 49-year-old Congolese businesswoman and acted as though she was to blame for the rape.

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Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of Congo (27 August 2014)

Epidemiology and surveillance

On 26 August 2014, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Equateur Province.

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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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RD Congo: Ebola outbreak in Equateur (as of 25 Aug 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Liberia + 4 others
Silver lining in Ebola gloom

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IRIN

DAKAR, 27 August 2014 (IRIN) - Amid the horror of Ebola in West Africa, where more than 1,400 people have died of the disease, a few have found reason to celebrate after recovering from the virulent infection which has no known cure.

Current Ebola treatment is mainly palliative: easing the headache, fever and muscle pain triggered by the virus, which also causes vomiting and diarrhoea, and in some cases internal and external haemorrhage. It killed up to 90 percent of patients in the early days of the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

IRIN:

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Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda: