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Healing the visible and invisible wounds

When bullets smashed through the walls of a house in Pinga, they left a little girl dead and her sister Chimène (7) seriously injured. Surgeons at Goma hospital had to amputate Chimène's left arm in order to save her life.

"How am I going to carry my little brother? How am I going to wash him and change him? How am I going to fetch water to help mummy?" Chimène bursts into tears. Not knowing how to deal with her new body makes the physical pain even worse.

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UNHCR allocates USD 1.7 million for transportation of refugees

Luanda - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will make available this year 1.7 million US dollars to support the transportation of Angolan refugees in D.R Congo and Zambia to their areas of origin.

A press note from the mentioned institution, which reached ANGOP on Tuesday, states that the resources are part of the initiative of the UNHCR dubbed “Seeds for Solutions”.

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LRA Regional Update: Central African Republic, DR Congo and South Sudan (January - March 2014)

Overview

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to be active in CAR and DRC, where a total of 65 LRA attacks were reported in Q1 of 2014. These attacks represent 33% of reported incidents in 2013, with a majority (63%) occurring in DRC. These attacks resulted in two deaths and 93 abductions (of whom 12% are children). The incidents are consistent in pattern to those reported in Q1 of 2012 and 2013 except that the number of reported deaths has significantly reduced.

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Following strong increase in volcanic activity in Goma areas, Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO offers support to provincial authorities

Kinshasa, 13 April 2014: “MONUSCO has offered assistance to the North Kivu authorities and will work closely with North Kivu officials in this new challenge. Assistance will be provided in a timely manner, if required”, said Martin Kobler head of MONUSCO.

"I have instructed our Goma office to be ready to assist the North Kivu authorities and to carry out any mission needed to assist the region", added M. Kobler.

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Launch of the Voluntary Repatriation of Congolese Refugees from Batalimo refugee camp to DRC

On 10 April 2014 , UNHCR Representative, Mr. Kouassi Lazare Etien, and the Central African authorities : a Representative of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, of the Ministry of Health, social Affairs and Humanitarian Action , the National Commission for Refugees (CNR) and the Prefect of Lobaye, launch together the program of the voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees settled in the Batalimo refugee camp ( Lobaye prefecture).

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Back to Rwanda

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IRIN

GOMA, 11 April 2014 (IRIN) - The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has long been one of the most significant armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been based ever since its founders fled neighbouring Rwanda after playing a key role in the 1994 genocide.

Over the years, thousands of FDLR members and their dependants have surrendered to the UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO), and returned to Rwanda.

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Increase in activity at DRC's Nyamulagira volcano

04/11/2014 17:28 GMT

GOMA, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - A volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen some "strong activity" and could erupt in the next few days, the Volcanic Observatory in Goma said on Friday.

Experts said seismic activity at Mount Nyamulagira, in the east of the country, does not currently pose any risk to the local population, although Goma, a city of over a million people devastated by an eruption in 2002, sits just 20 kilometres (12 miles) away.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 1 - 31 March 2014

Highlights

  • North Kivu : 251 Congolese refugees returning from Kyangwandi camp in Uganda died in a boat accident on 22 March on Lake Edward. According to authorities in Goma there were 89 children among the dead. The refugees were returning to Beni Territory where fighting between FARDC and ADF-Nalu had forced them to flee in 2013.

  • South Kivu: Around 1,000 households from Ndese and Byangama in Shabunda Territory displaced in the bush following clashes between two fac-tions of Raia Mutomboki armed group.

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North Kivu: Villages attacked, more displaced

Hundreds of people are fleeing their villages in the North Kivu province, in the east Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mayi-Mayi militants launched an offensive against rebels of the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda).

According to the UN Radio Okapi, many of the displaced arrived in the Kashugo village, in the Lubero area, after walking even up to 120km.

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Equateur: Lanterns were put out on “Women’s Month 2014”

MONUSCO, UNICEFand WFP took part in the activities destined to sensitize female associations and the populations of Widji-Fake organized by the provincial Ministry of Gender and the Thematic Working Group of the civil society organizations “Gender and sex-based violence.”During the awareness activity, the chief of UNICEF/Equateur, Agnès Fariala gave a presentation on “Women and education.”The chief of WFP/Equateur, Alti Bema, for his part, focused on the theme “Women, Engine for development.”Dodyne Maloba of MONUSCO Civil Affairs’ presentation focused on the theme“Promotion of peaceful coex

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Progress and obstacles in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The report illustrates the systematic nature of some incidents of sexual violence in DR Congo, particularly in the east, with a large number of cases committed in homes or when women are working in fields, going to the market or fetching water.

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Fighting an invisible enemy in DRC

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IRIN

BISHONGERA, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - It is difficult to identify the fighters of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), one of the many armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of whose leaders played a key role in Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago. Bearing neither uniform nor insignia, they are indistinguishable from the civilian population.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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Matumaini - DRC's Radio Talk Show Host With A Difference

As armed conflict continues to drive people from their homes in eastern DRC, one displaced man in the east of the country has used his ingenuity to cobble together a radio station from old bits and pieces. He is just one of some 126,000 people displaced by insecurity in North Kivu province to whom WFP is currently providing food assistance.

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Decades after genocide, Congo struggles to dislodge Rwanda rebels

By Peter Jones

TONGO, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 8 (Reuters) - Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, a rebel group founded by ethnic extremists who took part in that slaughter still prowls the lush hills of neighbouring eastern Congo, defying a renewed threat by the army and U.N. peacekeepers to dislodge it.

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MONUSCO welcomes women’s participation in anti-personnel landmine action

Goma, 04 April 2014 - This year, the commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in Goma, the administrative capital of the North-Kivu province was marked by reflections around the themes “Women’s participation in the anti-personnel landmine action” and an educational session on “anti-personnel landmines-related risks in school environment.

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Feingold, Robinson, Kobler, and Dos Santos: International Keys to Peace in Congo

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Enough Project

The foundation for a viable, comprehensive peace process for the deadly war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is finally starting to emerge. A new Enough Project report analyses the changing dynamics of Congo's peace process and outlines steps ahead for building momentum for peace in Congo.

By Sasha Lezhnev and John Prendergast | Apr 3, 2014

Executive Summary