posted on MARCH 23, 2015 by DIEUDONNE MUHINDO
Dieudonne tells us how access to drinking water for rural populations in Province Orientale, in the north east of the DRC, has become sustainable thanks to women.
Non-state security actors are growing increasingly important in fragile and conflict-affected states in Africa. This has led to a multiplication of informal security arrangements between security providers, such as vigilantes, local militias, faith-based organisation and private security companies, individual army units, and citizens.
19 March 2015, the office of MONUSCO/Kisangani, through its Public Information Section in partnership with the NGO “Défense Sociale pour le Progrès et le Développement Rural’’ (DSPDR), held a public awareness session on the culture of peace in the school environment for the students and teachers of the two schools: Institut Mobi and Ecole Primaire Mobi in a village located 30 km in the East of the city of Kisangani.
7415th Meeting (AM)
The Security Council today extended until 31 March 2016 the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), including its intervention brigade.
By a unanimous vote, the 15-member Council endorsed the recommendation of the Secretary-General to reduce the Mission force by 2,000 troops and expressed its intention to make that reduction permanent through a revised troop ceiling, once significant progress had been achieved on the priorities of the mandate.
Doctor Faustin Kitetele brings up the issue of taking care of adolescents affected by AIDS through the story of John and the remarkable work of the Kalembe-Lembe Hospital, a pioneer in caring for young people with HIV.
It should be noted that in the DRC, one of the weak links in the battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is taking care of sick children and young people. There is a huge gap in treatment between adults and children affected by HIV; in 2013, only 12% of children younger than 15 who needed treatment received it (source: PNLS, 2013).
Ahead of the mandate renewal of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), FIDH organized an interface between a delegation of Congolese human rights defenders and Security Council Member-States in New York from March 16 to 20, 2015 to share concerns and bring the recommendations of Congolese civil society.
· Since November 2014, there has been a new influx of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) into the health zones of Bosobolo and Bili in Equateur province’s Bosobolo. UNHCR and local authorities have estimated the number of new arrivals at more than 19,000 refugees; some 88,000 refugees CAR are already living in the DRC.
For the third edition of our 2015 “Best Practice Guidelines”, discover the exclusive experience of B10 district of Mbuji-Mayi city in Kasai Oriental: this village keeps on developping itself since it benefited from the “Healthy Village” programme.
Between 2008 and 2012, 2883 villages were certified “healthy” thanks to the actions of the Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and UNICEF.
The “Village Assaini” status rewards neighborhoods or villages’ achievements in improving their residents’ access to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation facilities.
Manual drilling is being used in the village of Binza Météo to transform the health of the entire community. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of three countries in the world in which more than 50 per cent of the population do not have access to safe drinking water.
By Yves Willemot
7410th Meeting (AM)
Great Lakes Special Envoy Stresses Need to ‘Neutralize’ Armed Groups in East
After 15 years of international efforts, the Democratic Republic of the Congo had emerged from civil war into a unified country, with a clear, shared and celebrated identity, and free of much of the terror of armed groups, the United Nations most senior official in that country told the Security Council today in a message laced with caution that the overall security situation was not still stable, let alone irreversible.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | | Thursday 3/19/2015 - 17:02 GMT
Nearly 180 civil society and rights groups have urged strengthened powers for the UN mission in DR Congo to ensure peaceful elections due in November and help end unrest in the country's volatile east.
The appeal by the 179 groups came just ahead of the expiry of the UN mission's mandate at the end of the month, and in the wake of political unrest over fears President Joseph Kabila could seek to stay on beyond the end of his mandate by 2016.
Panzi, DR Congo | | Thursday 3/19/2015 - 17:34 GMT
by Marc JOURDIER
Rapes of young children and even babies have surfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, further worsening the sexual violence ravaging the country like a "cancer," Denis Mukwege, a global expert on treating gang rape victims, told AFP.
Dr Mukwege, who in November received the European Parliament's Sakharov rights prize, said such atrocities began to surface around a year and half ago, with one recent case involving a girl of around 15 months old.
United Nations, United States | | Thursday 3/19/2015 - 18:44 GMT |
The Democratic Republic of Congo demanded the speedy removal of thousands of peacekeepers Thursday, insisting at a UN Security Council meeting that Kinshasa is ready to assume "full responsibility for its security."
Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda urged council members to respect his country's "legitimate aspiration" to assume full control of its security a decade and a half into a UN peacekeeping mission there.
The prolonged conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has often been mischaracterized by a persistent narrative featuring women as perpetual victims of systemic sexual violence and male rebel groups as perpetrators. This incomplete understanding of the situation has resulted in failures to engage in effective and sustainable Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programs in the DRC.
New York, March 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect the right of journalists to do their work without fear of arrest or harm.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | | Wednesday 3/18/2015 - 14:03 GMT
Pro-democracy activists from Senegal and Burkina Faso arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo on suspicion of planning to destabilise the country will be expelled and banned from returning, the government announced Wednesday.
"They will be expelled from the country. They are also being declared persona non grata," DR Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende told AFP. "It's the best solution we could find."
Crackdown on Free Expression Raises Election Concerns
(Kinshasa) – The arrest of at least 26 activists and others in Kinshasa on March 15, 2015, raises serious concerns of a broader crackdown on free expression before the 2016 Democratic Republic of Congo presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said today.
An important trade route in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared free of landmines and other explosive items following a six-month clearance effort by MAG.
A demining team conducted meticulous clearance work on a 33km stretch of the R630, which connects the villages of Kabwela and Kakuyu in Katanga Province, that was suspected to be contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO).
During six months of work funded by the Japanese Government, our technical experts found and destroyed almost 300 UXO items, including mortars and small arms ammunition.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | | Tuesday 3/17/2015 - 13:13 GMT
Security forces arrested a dozen human rights activists Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they protested outside the local headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in Goma.
Two Belgians, a journalist and a researcher, were set upon by security force officers, who detained local Congolese militants from the Struggle for Change (Lucha) organisation objecting to the weekend arrest of activists in the capital Kinshasa, local authorities and Lucha members said.