Ongoing violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to force thousands of people, the majority women and children, out of their homes. Twenty years of intermittent violence in the eastern regions of DRC have depleted civilians' coping mechanisms, almost destroying their ability to make a living. Thousands of people have been forced to flee to other parts of the country. North Kivu, a small province rich in fertile land and mines (diamonds, gold, wolfram, coltan), has consistently been the worst-affected area.
On 22 March 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) notified WHO of cases of Yellow Fever (YF) in connection with the outbreak currently occurring in Angola (see DON posted 13 April 2016).
From early January to 22 March, a total of 453 suspect cases of YF, including 45 deaths were reported by the national surveillance system.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Sunday 5/1/2016 - 18:34 GMT
by Bienvenu-Marie BAKUMANYA
A coalition of opponents of DR Congo President Joseph Kabila announced Sunday former regional governor Moise Katumbi as their "joint opposition candidate" for presidential elections due before the end of the year.
Democratic Republic of Congo authorities are under pressure from the international community to hold the polls as planned in November before Kabila's second -- and constitutionally last -- mandate ends.
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN APRIL 30, 2016
NYUNZU, Democratic Republic of Congo — Deep in the forest, miles from any major city, lies an abandoned cotton factory full of the dispossessed.
There is no police force guarding it. No electricity or running water inside. No sense of urgency or deep concern by the national authorities to do much about it.
Since its inception ten years ago, the DRC Humanitarian Fund (DRC HF) has mobilized nearly $925 million and allocated more than $893 million through 1,250 projects.
Clashes in North Kivu affect at least 45,000 IDPs
UN extends MONUSCO’s mandate through March 2017
USAID/OFDA support improves relief actors’ operational security
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Ghana : Alerte choléra - Le ministère de la santé a publié une alerte choléra, en amont de l’entrée de la saison des pluies, et en rapportant le premier cas de choléra confirmé pour la zone métropolitaine d’Accra, le 7 avril. En 2014, la seule Région du Grand Accra a enregistré 28 975 cas de choléra dont 243 décès. En 2015, l’épidémie de choléra, même si drastiquement mieux contrôlé, avait tout de même affectée 692 cas dont 15 décès.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Good start of 2016 cropping season
Inflation rates forecast to slightly increase in 2016
Serious humanitarian situation in eastern and southern provinces due to persisting civil conflict
Kinshasa April 23, 2016 - The Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Head of MONUSCO, Maman Sidikou, has expressed serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the DRC.
This situation follows the announcement by certain political groups and parties of their intention to organize political gatherings in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and subsequent measures taken by the security forces to prevent the holding of these gatherings.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:41 GMT
Author: Kieran Guilbert
DAKAR, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday signed a landmark $200 million deal with donors to tackle deforestation and reduce carbon emissions as part of a wider plan to protect the tropical forests of the Congo Basin.
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The ICRC in Kampala has successfully handed over ten minor children to the ICRC delegation in the DRC at Bunagana point on the Uganda-DRC border for reunification with their families.
Lubumbashi, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 4/21/2016 - 10:47 GMT
by Lucien Kahozi
Children are going to bed hungry in DR Congo's second city, their parents say, as food shortages caused by a severe drought in southern Africa drive up prices.
For Lubumbashi's two million plus people, who depend for almost all their staples on imports from nearby Zambia, the talk is all about the soaring price of maize flour -- and the shortage of this basic food.
Lausanne, Switzerland. April 19, 2016
After almost a year of road rehabilitation work carried out by emergency relief and recovery organisation Medair, the remote village of Limangi, in conflict-affected North Kivu province, will be accessible by road for the first time ever on April 20, 2016. Until now Limangi has only been accessible by a jungle path. It takes an hour and a half of walking from the nearest town to reach the village.
Key Messages - The chronic and complex humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) persists. At least 40 armed groups continue to commit human rights abuses in the eastern provinces of the country. - Almost 3 million people have been displaced within the DRC since 2009. Armed groups continue to cause displacements in the eastern DRC.
AMOUNT : EUR 52 500 000
Published on Friday, 15 April 2016 08:41
In Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, armed group violence and floods, consequence of the El Niño phenomenon unexpected in this region of Africa, are making life difficult for the populations. Thousands of people have had to flee their homes. Catherine H., Regional Manager for SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, sheds light on the situation.
In the North-Est of DRC, the poor condition of some access points in the territory of Libenge, in the district of Sout-Ubangui, is hampering the good circulation of the population and humanitarian partners. ACTED DRC is working to rehabilitate strategic crossing points, thanks to the Pooled Fund’s support. The teams have renovated the twin bridges of Buka, restablishing therefore a humanitarian access to the 305,000 inhabitants of the area, that can now go more easily to health centers.