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MSF Vaccinates 38,000 Children Against Measles in Minova

Last week, the emergency unit of Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in South Kivu ended a measles vaccination campaign in the district of Minova after reaching nearly 38,000 children and young people between 6 months to 15 years of age. The vaccination campaign in different parts of eastern DRC now continues in the neighboring district of Kalonge.

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Military Offensives Free DRC Villages

Voice of America

Peter Clottey
Last updated on: July 28, 2014 6:05 PM

The military spokesman for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) says a joint military offensive with the national army in Walikale and Masisi territories has freed over 20 villages from rebels from the Mai Cheka and the Alliance for the Sovereign and Patriotic Congo (APCLH) groups.

Colonel Felix Basse says residents are expressing their appreciation.

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Description of a large measles epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo, 2010–2013

BioMed Central

Although measles mortality has declined dramatically in Sub-Saharan Africa, measles remains a major public health problem in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Here, we describe the large measles epidemic that occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2010 and 2013 using data from the national surveillance system as well as vaccine coverage surveys to provide a snapshot of the epidemiology of measles in DRC.

Mancini et al.: Description of a large measles epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo, 2010–2013. Conflict and Health 2014 8:9.

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Summary of Roundtable Discussion: Reparations for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) convened a Roundtable on Reparations for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University on February 24, 2014. This report summarizes major points of discussion from this workshop, which was held in collaboration with Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

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Twenty years on, the Rwandan genocide festers across the border

Peace Direct

July 23 2014: Dr Denise Bentrovato looks at how the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath is perceived across the border in DR Congo

Last April, the world commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the infamous genocide that tore Rwanda apart in 1994. In only one hundred days, hundreds of thousands were brutally killed there in one of the worst massacres ever recorded in human history.

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Japan Government Official Visits MAG in the DRC

MAG has hosted a visit from the Japanese Government to see first-hand the impact that Japan’s funding brings to conflict-hit communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mrs Hanako Nakano, from the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa, visited MAG’s operations in Kabalo territory, Katanga province earlier this month.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: CAR Population Displacement, December 2013 – 22 July 2014

Crisis Overview

  • The deteriorating security situation and increased inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2013 have led to new waves of displacement into neighbouring countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (ECHO 04/03/2014).

  • Since December 2013, 17,463 CAR refugees have crossed the Ubangi River into DRC, despite the closure of the border, bringing the overall number to 60,269 (UNHCR, 18/07/2014).

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Canada’s Support for UNICEF’s Humanitarian Operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Today’s announcement of $3 million to support UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable children and their families as a result of ongoing conflict and insecurity.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 01 - 30 June 2014


Lubero, North Kivu: Following the advance of NDC-Cheka militia towards other localities of Ikobo and Bunyatenge groupings in South Lubero, populations moved towards localities along Masereka- Lukanga axis. Over 1,000 households were added to 3,000 initially recorded in other localities of South Lubero. The threat of this militia walking on Bunyatenge, a locality bordering recently affected Oninga (Walikale), worries populations and humanitarian workers.

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As DRC ratifies the Kampala Convention, IDMC asks: What difference will it make?

Millions have been displaced by conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the last two decades; over 2 million in the last two years alone. While displaced people of DRC have shown tremendous resilience, displacement is a profound and life shattering event that many often experience time and time again. With the recent announcement that DRC has now ratified the Kampala Convention, IDMC asks; will it make any difference?

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MONUSCO launches islands of stability in Geti, Ituri

Bunia, 10 July 2014: The project codenamed “islands of stability” was launched on 10 July 2014 in Geti, the territory of Walendu bindi in the south of Irumu by political and administrative delegation from Bunia along with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) under the leadership of the Chief of MONUSCO/Bunia office, Mr. M’hand Ladjouzi and the district commissioner of Bunia.

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NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work


GOMA, 23 July 2014 (IRIN) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict.


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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, urges all to save children of DRC from the scourge of war

UN report on Children and Armed Conflict in the DRC
More than 6,000 children victims of conflict related violence in DRC

Kinshasa, 21 July, 2014: More than 6 000 Congolese children were victims of violence between January 2010 and December 2013, reveals a UN report on the impact of the conflict on children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, launched today in New York.

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Council Conclusions on the Great Lakes Region , 22 July 2014

European Union


Foreign Affairs Council meeting

Brussels, 22 July 2014

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

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The road to development in D.R. Congo


In the D.R. Congo, the northeastern districts of Haut Uélé and Bas Uélé are highly underdeveloped and suffer chronic poverty. Ongoing conflict and insecurity in the region means that large groups of people are frequently forced to flee their homes.

Although organised violence has decreased somewhat in recent years, it remains a threat and people continue to live in fear. Many people are starting to resettle, but remain ready to flee at a moment’s notice should violence erupt again.

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5th Report on Children and Armed Conflict in the DR Congo Highlights Progress and Concerns for the Protection of Children

Close to 4,200 cases of recruitment and use of boys and girls by armed groups and the Government armed forces were documented by the UN. Impunity is cited as a major factor in the ongoing abuses.

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Ban appoints Algerian diplomat Said Djinnit as envoy for Great Lakes region

UN News Service

17 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he has appointed Said Djinnit of Algeria as his special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa tasked with bringing international awareness to the area’s challenges.

Mr. Djinnit succeeds Mary Robinson of Ireland, who earlier this week accepted new responsibilities as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, said the announcement from Mr. Ban’s office.