Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo must observe restraint in their handling of rival protests in the capital Kinshasa on 29 and 31 July, said Amnesty International today.
The ruling coalition – Majorité Présidentielle – has called a rally in support of proposed talks on the electoral process, two days before the opposition coalition – Rassemblement des Forces du Changement – holds a rally demanding that the polls are held on schedule in November, as required by the Constitution.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is scheduled to hold elections at the end of the year to elect a new president. However, over the past several months, the Congolese government has pointed toward many challenges to holding timely elections. While the international community has emphasized the importance of a fair and democratic election process in the country, questions have been raised over whether or not these elections will actually happen.
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“Treating a yellow fever patient is reliant on having the right diagnosis. This is dependent on having the necessary laboratory capacity to quickly identify the disease,” says Dr Pierre Formenty, an expert in haemorrhagic fevers at WHO and Manager of the Emerging Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network.
The joint WFP-FAO smallholder value chains development programme (Purchase for Progress – P4P) is facing financial constraints. This has led to the reduction of its activities by 80% in Equateur and Tanganyika provinces. Unless new contributions materialize, the Kabalo sub office in Tanganyika will not be able to continue beyond October 2016.
WFP delivered emergency food assistance to 63,000 people around Beni and Masisi territories in North Kivu, who have been cut off from the humanitarian community, due to security reasons.
Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Saturday 7/23/2016 - 20:12 GMT |
Six people were killed by unidentified assailants in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, amid a spike in violence in the restive region, a local official said Saturday.
"Six people of all ethnic backgrounds were killed" on Friday night in Bwalanda, said Alphonse Mahano, a local delegate of North Kivu province.
Mahano was referring to the Hutu, Hunde and Nande groups that live in Bwalanda, which faces the Rwandan border.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,247,478 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Democratic Republic of Congo Red Cross (DRC RC) to support 12,327,000 people for 6 months, primarily through social mobilization activities linked to vaccination campaigns, in addition to emergency health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion and to support National Society capacity building. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this point and will be adjusted based on further developments …
The Bili health zone, in the province of North Ubangui, has been hosting several thousand Central African refugees who fled the conflict that plagued their country. Almost 10,000 refugees were relocated to Bili Refugee Camp, and many now live with host families outside the refugee camp, according to figures obtained from the UNHCR in October 2015.
Fighting against the increase of water-borne diseases: a priority for ACTED
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Overall favourable vegetation conditions for secondary 201 6 season crops
- Inflation rates forecast to slightly increase in 2016
- Prices of maize surging in south
- Serious humanitarian situation in eastern and southern provinces due to persisting civil conflict
Overall favourable vegetation conditions for secondary 2015 season crops
KINSHASA (21 July 2016) - I am grateful to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for its invitation to visit this country at such an important time.
In 2012 and 2013, thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in Malemba Nkulu territory, in the upper Lomami area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as a result of violence and clashes between government forces and armed groups. After taking refuge in the bush for over a year, people began returning to their villages. They are now trying to overcome their ordeal and rebuild their lives.
Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Tuesday 7/19/2016 - 19:03 GMT
Ten civilians died in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east in ethnic violence, an army spokesman said Tuesday, adding that the military had intervened to restore order.
"We denounce the killing of 10 civilians and huts being torched," said Captain Guillaume Djike, adding that the violence broke out overnight in Kibirizi, about 85 kilometres (50 miles) north of Goma, the main city of the troubled Nord Kivu province.
This report reviews information regarding approximately a thousand tonnes of cassiterite from the Bisie mines located in Walikale territory, North Kivu – the so-called ‘Bisie Mineral Stock’ (see textbox). This stock pre-dates the April 2015 establishment of ITRI’s Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) in Walikale territory.
Bisie Mineral Stock
The Government of Japan decided to dispatch the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Infectious Diseases Response Team in response to the request from the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning the yellow fever outbreak.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In January 2016, a yellow fever outbreak was detected and confirmed in Angola, Southern Africa. Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
by GIULIA RINDI
A cholera outbreak hit Equateur province
Mbandaka- In May 2016 a cholera outbreak hit Equateur province. After 24 weeks of the epidemic, a total of 637 cases, including 32 deaths, have been reported.
Not since 2012 had the little ‘red cholera monster’ (this is how it is illustrated in the awareness pamphlets) hit the provinces so heavily. Cholera is endemic to this part of the DRC, meaning it comes and goes. In March/April cholera travelled along the Congo River from Kisangani, arriving in Mbandaka in May 2016.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Koro Bessho (Japan):
The members of the Security Council stressed the crucial importance of a peaceful and credible electoral cycle, in accordance with the Constitution, for stability, development and consolidation of constitutional democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.