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25 Mar 2017 description

OCHA STARTS EIGHT-DAY MISSION IN TSHIKAPA

The mission aims to assess the needs of those who have been affected bythe violence that has ravaged the area in the past few months. This is the first of three missions planned in Kasai, Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental aimed at mapping out a suitable response to the needs of those displaced.

OVER 80 TONS OF FOOD DISTRIBUTED TO 46 PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN ITURI

25 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Stepped-Up Efforts Needed to Find 2 Investigators, 4 Congolese in Kasai

(Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo government should fully cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate a UN Group of Experts team that has been missing since March 12, 2017, in Kasai Central province, Human Rights Watch said today.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Crop-destroying caterpillars, known as armyworms, have destroyed 63,000 hectares of maize in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since December, causing local maize prices to triple. The 63,000 hectares represent 80 percent of maize production in Haut Katanga province.

23 Mar 2017 description

Crisis Impact

Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya.
Regionally, around 330,000 hectares of staple crops, especially maize, have been affected. The remaining southern African mainland countries remain at high risk (OCHA 27/02/2017).

23 Mar 2017 description

Newly-trained community health workers - many of them women - are making healthcare more accessible in DRC

By Christopher Clark

MBANZA-NGUNGU, Congo, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths.

22 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
MIDDAY
22 March 2017

The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting held separate interactive dialogues on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Sri Lanka under its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building.

22 Mar 2017 description

Clean water is a key tool in the fight against hunger

Every year on March 22, people around the globe celebrate World Water Day: an opportunity to spotlight and take meaningful action to tackle the solvable water problems that millions of people around the world experience each day.

22 Mar 2017 description

AI Index: AFR 62/5917/2017
22 March 2017

Item 10 – Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Mr. President,

Amnesty International welcomes the Human Rights Council’s continued interest in the human rights situation in the DRC.

21 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12757

Security Council
7903rd Meeting (AM)
21 March 2017

Mission’s Efforts ‘Unacceptable’ as Uruguay, Civil Society Representatives Cite Remaining Tasks amid Persisting Violence

Delays in holding elections and in implementation of the comprehensive and inclusive agreement signed on 31 December 2016 was prolonging the political uncertainty plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council heard today, as briefers described the country’s deteriorating security and humanitarian situation as a source of major concern.

21 Mar 2017 description
  • Following new armed groups clashes in the Haut-Katanga region, 2 000 households have been displaced in Mitwaba territory. In addition, villages have been looted, houses burnt and 10 people kidnapped. The Rapid Response Mechanism to Population Movement (RRMP), supported by DG ECHO, has been activated to evaluate needs of IDPs and affected populations.

  • Conflict has resumed in the Haut Katanga region between newly created armed groups, following the surrender of the former armed group leader named Gédéon.

21 Mar 2017 description

Kalemie/Kinshasa, 20 March 2017: The violence that has engulfed the southeastern province of Tanganyika since July 2016 and forced over 370,000 people into displacement places it firmly among “the most urgent humanitarian hotspots in a country experiencing a worsening humanitarian situation,” the Humanitarian Coordinator in the DR Congo has stated.

20 Mar 2017 description

Kabila's decision not to step down when his presidential mandate expired in December was followed by a wave of killings and lawlessness across the nation

  • Militia insurrection has spread to five provinces

  • Congo violence rises since Kabila overstayed mandate

  • Government denies army is behind mass graves

By Aaron Ross

20 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Cholera Platform Central and Western Africa

The West and Central Africa Cholera Platform has been establish.ed following the absence of cross-border collaboration and the delayed response to the cholera outbreak In Sierra Leone and Guinea in 2012. The platform Is gathering the main WASH and Health actors involved in the tight against cholera in the region i ncluding but not restricted to ACF, ACTED, ALIMA, ECHO, IFRC, MSF1 OCHA, UNICEF, and WHO.

18 Mar 2017 description

KINSHASA, 18 March 2017 – MONUSCO expresses grave concern over reports of renewed violence in Kananga between 14 and 17 March 2017. The Mission has received credible reports of high numbers of deaths in the context of clashes between Kamwina Nsapu militiamen and members of the Congolese security forces.

18 Mar 2017 description

AI Index Number: AFR 62/5909/2017
Ref: TG AFR 62/2017.001

Heads of State
Southern African Development
Community - SADC
SADC House
Gaborone
Botswana

Your Excellencies,

Greetings from Amnesty International.

16 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2277 (2016), in which the Council requested me to report on the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.

It covers developments since the issuance of my report of 4 October 2016 (S/2016/840) and provides information on peace and security developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region until 28 February 2017.

16 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

71,529 South Sudanese refugees, most of whom are new arrivals.

103,420 Refugees from the Central African Republic.

39,499 Refugees from Burundi.

539,106 Congolese refugees in African countries

379 Rwandan refugees repatriated from DRC in 2017.

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