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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 31 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

44 Identified unaccompanied minors were assisted by UNHCR in Kinshasa

2,669 Central African refugees entered the DRC during this reporting period

4,226 Protection incidents recorded in North-Kivu. 1,939 in South-Kivu.

638 Former Angolan Refugees repatriated

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Democratic Republic of Congo: “classic” Ebola in a country experiencing its seventh outbreak

Ebola at 6 months

Immediately after the first case of Ebola virus disease in Guinea was announced, on 23 March, WHO activated its network of specialized biosafety level 4 laboratories that are equipped and staffed to safely work with the world’s most hazardous pathogens. The Ebola virus is among them. Those labs would play a key role in characterizing and differentiating the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC.

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Ban says recommitment to peace framework critical to addressing root cause of conflict

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UN News Service

22 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said that addressing the root causes of the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region requires a recommitment to all national and regional commitments under the agreed-to peace Framework.

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Regional Summary of 2014 SADC National Vulnerability Assessment Results (as of 22 September 2014)

Overview 2013/14 Crop Production Season

Well distributed rains were received in most parts of the region facilitating good production in most countries

Late start of the season in north-eastern and some southern parts of the Region, including parts of Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No.12, 21 September 2014 [EN/FR]

Coordination/ Keys developments

  • *Four suspected cases were negative after laboratory tests on two different samples and therefore discharged and declared "non-case", bringing down to 68 the total number of cases on 18 September (see table above for details ) of which 41 deaths; an overall lethality rate of slightly over 60%.

  • **8 health personnel have died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic.

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Capoeira brings leisure and peace-building for refugees in northern DR Congo

MOLE REFUGEE CAMP, Democratic Republic of the Congo, September 19 (UNHCR) – It's a hot, muggy Saturday afternoon in the Mole refugee camp, but while many people are taking a siesta, a hardy group of young men and women are indulging in their new obsession – capoeira.

The Brazilian martial art includes elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and it is keeping people occupied and fit as well as helping ease tension between different groups of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in this camp of more than 13,000 people in the far north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Regular press briefing by the Information Service, 19 Sep 2014 - Democratic Republic of the Congo (WFP)

Elisabeth Byrs, for the World Food Programme (WFP), stated that the WFP was playing an active part in the humanitarian response against Ebola in Congo as well. A task force had been established and food assistance was being planned for the three months in the Ebola zone, pending the availability of funds. As with operations elsewhere in the world, WFP’s funding situation for DRC was extremely challenging. Shortfalls meant that the WFP has had to distribute reduced rations and scale back cash-based activities in some parts of DRC.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No.11, 17 September 2014 [EN/FR]

The number of cases is decreasing, the center of the epidemic is limited and the last suspected cases are from recorded and monitored contacts. So far, 71 cases and 40 deaths have been reported.

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Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation and the activities of her Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (A/HRC/27/42)

In its resolution 24/27, the Human Rights Council invited the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit a report to its twenty-seventh session on the situation of human rights and the activities undertaken by her Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The present report covers the period from June 2013 to May 2014.

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Equateur : le gouvernement compte réhabiliter le centre d’entrainement de Kotakoli

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Radio Okapi

Le gouvernement congolais promet de réhabiliter le centre d’entrainement commando de Kotakoli, transformé momentanément en centre de transit et de regroupement des ex-combattants issus des groupes armés de deux Kivu. Ce centre où ont été formées de nombreuses unités commandos de l’armée congolaise est très délabré. Il est abandonné depuis le renversement du régime du Maréchal Mobutu, il y a 17 ans.

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MONUSCO Force Commander Inaugurates Culvert in Mushake

MONUSCO Force Commander, Lt General Carlos Dos Santos Alberto Cruz, has inaugurated a culvert constructed by the Bangladesh Engineering Contingent in Mushake North Kivu on 15th September 2014.

MONUSCO Force Commander, Lt General Carlos Dos Santos Alberto Cruz, has inaugurated a culvert constructed by the Bangladesh Engineering Contingent in Mushake North Kivu on 15th September 2014.

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Combatting Myths and Misconceptions to Defeat Ebola

posted on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 by MODESTINE AMBOKO

Mama Nelly, 42, strongly believed that Ebola didn’t exist, and that she could protect herself, protect her three children and her husband against ‘the new disease’ which has already killed so many people. But when she was told about the hygiene rules to follow, such as washing your hands with soap or ash before eating and after using the toilet, and not eating bush meat, she was relieved.

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DRC Rebel Group Wants Assurances to Hand Over Weapons

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Voice of America

Peter Clottey
Last updated on: September 14, 2014 3:18 PM

The leader of the Mai Mai Kifuafua rebel movement said he needs assurances from the Democratic of Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government that it will protect unarmed civilians in the territory the group controls before his 2,800 members will hand over their weapons under the administration’s peace effort program.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No.10, 12 September 2014

Coordination/ Keys developments

  • *The number of suspected cases has fallen, as some have been laboratory confirmed.

  • **12 alerts including one with death in Kokolo military camp in Kinshasa, a second reported in Kambove in Katanga and 10 cases of which 8 deaths reported in Bongandanga, Equateur Provincer. Five samples from Bongandanga and from Nyakunde in Ituri (Orientale Province) are being analyzed.

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Communiqué of the 452nd Meeting of the Peace and Security Council

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African Union

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 452nd meeting held on 22 August 2014, adopted the following decision on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region: Council,

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The untold success story of polio

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—Central Africa’s largest country—has been polio-free since the end of 2011. The last case was recorded in December of that year, when Congolese and World Health Organization (WHO) specialists responded to a small outbreak in Lusangi health zone, in Maniema Province, eastern DRC.

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RDC - Province de l'Equateur : Zone affectée par l'Ebola (9 septembre 2014)

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