Goma, eastern DRC, 26 May 2016 - The representatives of the Guarantors of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework comprising of the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), travelled to Kanyabayonga and Nyamilima on 25 May 2016, in eastern DRC. In Kanyabayonga camp, about 314 FDLR ex-combatants and their dependents are awaiting repatriation in a MONUSCO DDRRR camp.
By Jacques David
EARLY MORNING. It’s six in the morning and the first traders are arriving at this market in one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s refugee camps. This one, Lusenda, is located in South Kivu, close to the Burundian border. But this market is unlike others – for a start, it’s called a food fair.
It operates like any other market except the shoppers are carrying colorful pieces of paper that they can exchange for food. Yellow is for corn flour, red is for beans, blue is for salt, orange is for rice and white is for cassava flour.
Clashes between the Forces Armées de la RDC (FARDC) and armed groups in North Kivu province resulted in the abrupt dismantling of IDP camps, in part due to government information that camps had been infiltrated by armed groups. With the subsequent displacement of up to 35,000 people, UNICEF and other humanitarian actors have been addressing the most urgent needs and advocating that camp closures are conducted in a more coordinated manner, in line with relevant international regulations.
- On 25 May, an international NGO faced a critical security incident in North Kivu. In 2016, already four humanitarian workers were killed, six were wounded and 14 were abducted. While 2015 had seen an increase of 19 % of security incidents against NGOs in North Kivu compared to 2014, the first months of 2016 show an increase of 75% compared to the same period in 2015.
- Such security incidents have had direct consequences on humanitarian access and led to the suspension of several humanitarian actions.
Since April 2015, a violent political crisis in Burundi has forced several hundred thousand people from their homes, many seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Nearly 23,000 Burundians fled overland or by lake into the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Addis Ababa, 23 May 2016 - The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Joint Coordination Mechanism (JCM) of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) took place in Addis Ababa on 20 May 2016.
In recent weeks, our LRA Crisis Tracker team has gathered a series of reports through our Early Warning Network indicating the renewed presence of an LRA group within DR Congo’s Garamba National Park in eastern Congo. Garamba, one of Africa’s oldest national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been consistently targeted by the LRA in recent years, who have regularly conducted elephant poaching missions ordered by Joseph Kony, who then trades trafficked ivory tusks for weapons and other supplies.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 5/26/2016 - 17:46 GMT
by Marthe BOSUANDOLE
At least one person was reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma.
Large numbers of riot police were deployed across the country for the rallies called by three opposition groups in defiance of government bans.
Lubumbashi, DR Congo | Thursday 5/26/2016 - 04:15 GMT
By Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya
Tensions are soaring in the Democratic Republic of Congo where veteran President Joseph Kabila is turning up the pressure on an embattled yet defiant opposition ahead of planned protests on Thursday.
With Kabila's powerful rival and football magnate Moise Katumbi all but pushed into exile in South Africa, some dissidents in the vast central African country feel disillusioned.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
- Despite the start of the dry season, the number of cholera cases is still increasing and spreading along the Congo River. The East of the country remains the most affected region but cases have been reported in the capital, Kinshasa, mainly in the same areas affected by the yellow fever outbreak. Since the beginning of 2016, 9 821 cases have been reported in DRC corresponding to an increase of 3 000 compared to the same period in 2015.
- Humanitarian organisations are already responding to the situation through various mechanism co-funded by ECHO.
Kinshasa, 21st May 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Chief of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Maman Sidikou, is deeply concerned about the increasing political tensions in the DRC. He notes, in this respect, that increasing the number of judiciary proceedings and actions likely to shrink the political space will only exacerbate the tensions and make it even more difficult to hold the political dialogue insistently called for by President Kabila.
453 cases and 45 deaths had been recorded as of 26 April 2016. 42 cases tested positive, of which 37 were linked to the outbreak in neighboring Angola: 30 in Kongo Central and 7 in Kinshasa.
Description of the disaster
By Lauren Wolfe/Director — May 18, 2016
This blog post was written by Jason Stearns and Yolande Bouka, the Co-Directors of Studies for the Rift Valley Institute’s Great Lakes Field Course, which will be taking place in Entebbe, Uganda from 11–17 June 2016. Jason and Yolande will be joined by a team of regional and international specialists to explore the contemporary complexities of the region as well as the gamut of social, economic, political and security trends, drawing on deep history and local knowledge to inform debate and discussion.
Camp closures ignore the innocent homeless
By Habibou Bangré
People already made homeless by the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are once more at risk, threatened by the closure of camps in North Kivu Province by politicians and the military who regard them as sanctuaries for rebel fighters.
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