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24 Apr 2015 description

From late November 2014 to early February 2015, Dr. Brice Daverton worked with MSF in the general hospital of Rutshuru in the North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dr Daverton explained how our medical teams treat children, the principal victims of an unprecedented malaria epidemic

“There were children everywhere, often three to a bed. We had an average of two hundred inpatients at any given time, mostly really little children not even five years old. Some were brothers and sisters.

24 Apr 2015 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 4/24/2015 - 12:11 GMT

Five people were hacked to death overnight in the Beni region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an area where ruthless Ugandan rebels are active, an official source said Friday.

"Five people were killed with machetes," the administrator of the territory, Amisi Kalonda, said by telephone, reached from Goma, the capital of strife-torn North Kivu province.

24 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has launched a project to stem post-harvest losses in Africa.

Mireille Totobesola, FAO project manager, said the $2.7 million project will give small grants of about $1,000 to smallholder farmers in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso to reduce food losses through the provision of modern storage facilities.

The funding will also support establishment of an online platform, where African governments can pick up some lessons and seek the help of experts who are available on a chatroom.

23 Apr 2015 description

Recently War Child undertook a project to reach girls and mothers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in need of basic literacy classes, as well as communities that would benefit most from increased awareness about child and women's rights.

23 Apr 2015 description

POST HARVEST IMPROVEMENT IN HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY HALTS

Key messages

  • In February, nearly one third of the interviewed households was found to be severely food insecure.

  • The food security situation has worsened compared to January, when the positive effects of the harvest — increased labor opportunities and reduced food prices - were reflected on households’ food consumption and use of negative coping strategies.

23 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Nick Long

GOMA, DRC— Aid agencies say more than 60,000 people have fled their homes amid renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) province of North Kivu in the past month. But the number of displaced people in the province is falling, and the government plans to close down several of their resettlement camps around the provincial capital Goma.

Like thousands of other people, Justin Masudi, 62, and his family have been living in a tent at the Mugunga 3 camp outside Goma since 2008.

23 Apr 2015 description
report Pact

Written by: Yves Bawa

After five years of hard work and patience, artisanal miners are on the job in Walikale – free from fear and violence, with access to legal markets for the tin, tantalum and tungsten that go into our smartphones, tablets and other devices.

Walikale, a territory in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is among Pact’s biggest achievements.

22 Apr 2015 description
report Amnesty, Global Witness

How U.S. companies are only scratching the surface of conflict minerals reporting.

Nearly 80 per cent of U.S. public companies analyzed by human rights groups are failing to adequately check and disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals from Central Africa, reveals a new report by Global Witness and Amnesty International.

22 Apr 2015 description

Uvira, 17 April 2015 - The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) on Friday 17 April 2015 launched two projects for the construction of premises for the Congolese National Police (PNC) headquarters in the Ruzizi Plain.

Worth a total of 97,356 US dollars, the two quick impact projects, one located in Luvungi (49,917 dollars) and the other in Sange (49,917 dollars), were undertaken as part of the UN Mission’s support for the restoration of State authority in this part of South Kivu province.

22 Apr 2015 description

In a ceremony held in Kinshasa on Friday 17 April 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Police component (UNPOL) of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the « Project for the Professionalization the Police for the Population and Peace », P4P in acronym.

The ceremony took place at the Liaison Office of the Deputy Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Rule of Law and Operations in the East.

21 Apr 2015 description
report GlobalMedic

In April 2015, GlobalMedic deployed to Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Once in country, GlobalMedic immediately began to build household water purification units and train our local partners from the United Methodist Church in the North-Katanga Episcopal Area on their assembly and use. Over the next few weeks, our partners will be distributing 450 Rainfresh household water purification units with replacement filters, to 450 families.

19 Apr 2015 description

Bukavu, 13 April 2015 — Putting an end to the most serious violations of human rights in the DR Congo – that is the goal that the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office seek to promote through a series of workshops on the prevention of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and all forms of discrimination. In Bukavu, the provincial capital of South Kivu, the workshop brought together different State and non-State actors in the legal and judicial fields from 13 to 15 April 2015.

19 Apr 2015 description

On 14 April, the Gender and Political Affaires sections of MONUSCO/Ituri took part in an informal meeting, organized by the head of Gender and Family office of the ex-Ituri district, on the issue of women’s potential participation as candidates in the forthcoming elections.

On this occasion, the Political Affairs section announced it will speak to the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) about the need for the electoral calendar to be widely publicized.

17 Apr 2015 description

More than 30 people representing the civilian and judicial authorities as well as civil society met on12-13 April at the centre d’alerte pacifique of Aru territory to reflect on what mechanisms to put in place in order to restore confidence between the different local actors.

This meeting, organized at the initiative of the Civil Affairs section of MONUSCO, aimed at setting up a permanent framework for dialogue allowing all parties to meet regularly to iron out their differences to prevent violence in a territory where mob justice cases have been recorded.

17 Apr 2015 description

Kinshasa, 17 April 2015 – “I am deeply shocked by the killings of civilians near Beni. It is absolutely necessary that FARDC and MONUSCO resume their cooperation. Together it will be possible to avoid a further deterioration of the security situation” declared Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO.

The attack, suspected to be an ADF assault, happened 5km North East of Mbau in Beni Territory in the North Kivu province.

16 Apr 2015 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 4/15/2015 - 20:20 GMT

Nineteen people, including a pregnant woman, were killed in a machete attack in a region of the Democratic Republic of Congo that has been repeatedly attacked by Ugandan rebels, according to an updated death toll Thursday.

"We deplore the deaths of 18 people plus a pregnant woman, who was beheaded," Amisi Kalonda, administrator of the Beni area where the attack took place, told AFP.

In all, nine of the victims were beheaded, he added.

16 Apr 2015 description

Nairobi, 16 April 2015 - Organized crime and the illegal trade in natural resources continues to increasingly fuel the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) , according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners.

16 Apr 2015 description

MONUSCO - Lubumbashi last Wednesday inaugurated the rehabilitated Kasumbalesa-Musoshi prison, during a special ceremony held in the presence of the political-administrative authorities of Sakania territory.

The Kasumbalesa- Musoshi prison is the only one in operation in Sakania territory. Built in 1973, this correctional facility could hold only 50 prisoners, and was in a state of advanced dilapidation. The toilets were unusable, the roof battered and there were no administrative offices.