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UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat

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24 October 2014 – Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups,” including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report (01 August - 30 September 2014) [EN/FR]

Highlights

  • Ebola: an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease was declared by the DRC Minister of Health on August 24, 2014, in a remote rural area in north-western Equateur province’s Boende health zone (HZ). As of 18 October there were 68 cases of which 2 suspected, 28 likely and 38 confirmed. There have been 49 deaths total, of which 28 likely and 21 confirmed. There are currently 2 patients in isolation in Lokolia. Since the declaration of the outbreak, UNICEF has joined efforts with the Government and partners to rapidly respond (details, p. 8).

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DR Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Friday 10/24/2014 - 11:23 GMT

The Democratic Republic of Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November, as its two-month outbreak apparently fizzles out, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The DRC outbreak, which involves a separate strain of Ebola from the one raging in west Africa, began in August.

There have been 66 cases and 49 deaths -- including eight fatalities among healthcare workers -- and the authorities have been working hand in hand with WHO to monitor anyone who had contact with a sufferer.

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Ebola sleuths scour DR Congo jungle for source of outbreak

10/23/2014 - 03:24 GMT

by Kathy KATAYI

Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison.

Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has been contained.

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UN Mission comes under attack, steps up security

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MONUSCO has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one on Tuesday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members.

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Humanitarian funding analysis: Displacement, North Kivu, DRC - 22 October 2014

Key messages

• US$378 million of humanitarian funding has been allocated to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so far in 2014.

• US$11 million of the 2014 total has been allocated specifically to North Kivu, of which US$1 million went to Beni in June 2014.

• The United States (US), European Commission (EC) and United Kingdom (UK) are the top three humanitarian donors to DRC in 2014, and also feature as the top three between 2012 and 2014.

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We Are Not Afraid: Story of a Forgotten Crisis

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Four years ago, a Medair team flew into the forested Ango region of northeastern D.R. Congo and found thousands of families displaced after vicious attacks by armed militia. Many families lived in Ango town, where local residents suffered because of a lack of access to health care, safe water, and food. People had received virtually no humanitarian aid, not because their needs weren’t urgent, but because they were so hard to reach.

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ICC/Bemba – Four Bemba associates get interim release

Arusha, October 22, 2014 (FH) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of four suspects close to Congolese Senator and former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, “to avoid that the duration of the pre-trial detention become disproportionate”.

Jean-Pierre Bemba is on trial before the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

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Dispatches: Cheers for A Congolese Hero

In a move that will surely draw a collective cheer from thousands of women whose lives have been destroyed by brutal sexual violence, the European Parliament announced that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege won the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. I am cheering with them.

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ICRC concerned by violence against civilians in North Kivu

Geneva/Kinshasa (ICRC) – Following two deadly attacks that took place in the cities of Béni and Eringeti, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has transferred 14 casualties by air to Goma's Ndosho Hospital.

"We are extremely worried by the nature and extent of the recent violence, which is afflicting people already hard hit by years of armed conflict," said Alessandra Menegon, head of the ICRC delegation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "These attacks against civilians are a serious infringement of the most basic principles of humanity. They must stop."

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Democratic Republic of Congo - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

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  • Attacks by armed groups continue to displace populations in eastern DRC, while increased security in some areas is supporting limited returns.

  • On October 3, U.S. Ambassador James C. Swan redeclared a disaster in the DRC due to the ongoing complex emergency and projected humanitarian needs.

  • In FY 2014, the U.S. Government (USG) provided more than $181 million to support humanitarian activities for displaced and conflict-affected populations in the DRC.

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Female Peacekeepers receive training on gender and effectiveness in military organizations

The MONUSCO Force Commander, General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, has established a Gender Field Advisory unit within his team, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (31 October 2000) on Women, Peace and Security, and following a request from the MONUSCO Gender section.

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DR Congo: UN rights chief condemns government's decision to expel envoy

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19 October 2014 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today that he “regrets and condemns” the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in there.

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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, profoundly concerned at the request of DRC Government calling for the departure of Scott Campbell

Kinshasa, 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply disturbed by the request of the DRC government, calling for the departure of Scott Campbell, the chief of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and calls upon the government to reconsider its decision.

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Zeid condemns expulsion of top UN human rights official in DRC

GENEVA (19 October 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Sunday said he regretted and condemned the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in DRC.

“Not only has my highly experienced and respected representative in DRC, Scott Campbell, been told to leave, but two other staff working in his team have been seriously threatened in recent days. This is unacceptable,” Zeid said.

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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for decisive joint military actions to neutralize the ADF

Kinshasa 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.

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Terrified by new rebel attacks, DR Congo residents leave town

10/19/2014 - 15:10 GMT

by Albert KAMBALE

Between heeding a message from officials to remain calm and another to flee looming attacks by Ugandan rebels, the choice for many residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni is clear.

"I left my home because there are leaflets saying that (the Ugandan rebels) are coming to kill people," said Solange Sekera, 27, who was leaving town with her three children.

Sekera had not actually seen the leaflets herself but she was not taking any chances.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review East and Central Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2014

Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet, 30 september 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

745 IDPs have received NFIs on 19 September in Lukwangulo and Kabembé in Katanga Province

68,165 Central African refugees live in the DRC

750 Enhanced stoves have been distributed in Nyiragongo and Rutshuru (N-Kivu)

2,234 Protection incidents recorded in South-Kivu. 4,217 in South-Kivu.

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