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Why is aid not working? A fresh approach to displacement in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - characterised by chronic underdevelopment, poverty and poor governance - is notorious for its long history of conflict and violence, plunging vast numbers of its people into displacement, with many fleeing numerous times during their lives. After decades of providing relief in the DRC, yet with displacement figures continuing to rise, humanitarians have increasingly started to ask themselves whether they have been doing it right. Our latest project offers an alternative approach.

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Last Angolan refugees begin return from DR Congo

08/19/2014 13:15 GMT

KINSHASA, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Angolans living in the Democratic Republic of Congo were set to return home, for some after more than 50 years in exile, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

A first group of 500 people left Kinshasa by train during the day and would stay overnight at a transit centre in Kimpese in the southeast on the way to the border, Celine Schmitt, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told AFP.

"The rest of the journey will take place by bus," she said.

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Paul*, gay rights campaigner in DRC: "They said I was the Antichrist"

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IRIN

BUKAVU, 18 August 2014 (IRIN) - Homosexuality may, unusually for an African country, be legal in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the time being, but gay people there also face the ostracism, stigma and exploitation, according to Paul* 27-year-old the co-founder of a gay rights organization in the eastern South Kivu Province.

In November 2013, a bill that would criminalize homosexuality was brought before parliament. It has yet to be debated.

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Ex-rebels accuse DR Congo army of executing PoWs

08/18/2014 15:10 GMT

KINSHASA, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - Former rebels beaten last November by government and UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday accused the army of executing 10 prisoners of war.

"We are completely distressed, stunned, frustrated" to learn of "the summary execution of the prisoners of war by the DRC's military intelligence service in Kinshasa ... between the months of July and August 2014," political chief, Bertrand Bisimwa, of the Movement of March 23 (M23) said in a statement.

The government has denied the allegation.

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3,000 victims of sexual violence in two DRC provinces: charity

08/18/2014 15:35 GMT

KINSHASA, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - A medical group working in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo reported Monday that there were nearly 3,000 victims of sexual violence in the region during the first half of this year.

Heal Africa, which works with victims, mostly women, in the North Kivu and Maniema provinces, said it had identified 2,829 survivors of sexual violence and had treated 1,573 of them since January.

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Community member working for Medair killed in D.R Congo

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Medair

It is with great sadness that relief organisation Medair has learned of the death of Jean Louis Mboliuloko, a community member contracted to work as a stock keeper for Medair. Jean Louis, aged 36, was killed while off duty on 12 August 2014 when presumed members from the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked his village on the road between Api and Bili. His three children were kidnapped by the group and their whereabouts are now unknown.

The tragic death of Jean Louis was not linked in any way to his activities with Medair.

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Quadruplets born in rural DRC, with help of emergency obstetric programme

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo – “In one day, my world changed,” said Bokoli Bepete, 36, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was something of an understatement: Ms. Bepete had just given birth to quadruplets.

The extraordinary event was cause for celebration throughout the community. And for Ms. Bepete, it was a happy end to a difficult period.

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UN envoy condemns murder of family in eastern town

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UN News Service

14 August 2014 – A senior United Nations official today condemned the murder of six members of the same family in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged those living in the town of Mutarule to practice restraint to avoid further escalation.

“This new attack against six members of the same family in Mutarule yesterday is unacceptable and I strongly condemn this crime,” declared Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) in a statement.

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Press Release on the Abduction of Médiatrice Riziki and Angélique Navura, Human Rights Defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders in Africa, Commissioner ReineAlapini-Gansou, is deeply concerned about the situation of women human rights defenders in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She notes that Ms Médiatrice Riziki and Ms Angélique Navura of the organisation Ensemble pour la Paix et l'Encadrement des Femmes en Milieu Rural (EPEFMR) were abducted between 13 and 17 July 2014 in Kiliba, Uvira, in South Kivu.

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Men, women, and gender-based violence in North Kivu, DRC

In the eastern Congo, a number of interventions have been implemented to assist victims of sexual violence, but much less work has been done to prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place. This report therefore seeks to increase our knowledge of possible preventive strategies.

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Three Pygmies 'mutilated and killed by Katanga militia'

08/13/2014 16:00 GMT

KINSHASA, August 13, 2014 (AFP) - Three Pygmies were mutilated and killed by separatist militiamen in the Katanga province of Democratic Republic of Congo, further stoking inter-ethnic tensions, the UN said on Wednesday.

Fighters from the Bakata Katanga group burned several houses in the Kasinge area in the north of the province last week, before "attacking civilian Pygmies", Lieutenant Colonel Felix Prosper Basse, of the UN mission in the country, said.

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MONUSCO forces discover an important cache of ammunition in North Kivu

MONUSCO Indian peacekeepers discovered, on 4 August 2014, an important cache of ammunition in Tshanzu, some 6 km south of their operating base located in the area of Tchengerero, in North Kivu.

The cache contained 2 missiles (8 ft long) of an unknown type, 68 rounds of artillery ammunition (155 & 130 mm), 58 mortar shells (81 &, 60 & 120 mm), 331 rounds of cannon ammunition (30mm), 5 rounds of grenade (40 mm), 1 RPG rocket launcher, 6 anti-personnel mines and 2017 cartridges.

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Despite Marked Progress in Democratic Republic of Congo, Conflict Will Persist if Remaining Armed Groups Do Not Lay Down Weapons, Security Council Told

SC/11513

Security Council
7237th Meeting (AM)

Despite greatly improved security and last year’s surrender of the “M23”, the protracted conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would persist if other remaining armed groups in the country’s east failed to lay down their weapons too, a senior United Nations official warned the Security Council today.

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Back but not home: supporting the reintegration of former LRA abductees into civilian life in Congo and South Sudan

Since 2008 the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been abducting children and adults in the neglected border areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. The thousands who survive this ordeal must then embark on the painful process of reintegrating into normal civilian life.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Conflict in Katanga 04 August 2014

Crisis Overview

  • Active fighting resumed in 2012 in Katanga; the richest and most politically sensitive province in of DRC is suffering a complex humanitarian crisis.

    • In 2014 high intensity violence in Katanga has increased as result of fighting among government troops, Mayi Mayi Bataka Katanga, and the Luba and Batwa inter-ethnic conflict.

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UNHCR completes challenging repatriation of almost 120,000 Congolese refugees

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has successfully completed the voluntary repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of almost 120,000 refugees from neighbouring Republic of Congo.

Local boats last Wednesday took the final 81 Congolese refugees across the Oubangui River from the town of Betou in Republic of Congo to reception centres run by UNHCR in the Equateur province towns of Siforco, Izato and Dongo.

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250 hostages of Ugandan rebels freed in DR Congo

08/04/2014 19:42 GMT

KINSHASA, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - In a joint assault on a Ugandan rebel movement, the Congolese army and UN troops have freed more than 250 civilian hostages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior official said Monday.

"We are still taking in several hostages" captured by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and released during the offensive that began in January, Bernard Amisi Kalonda, administrator of the Beni territory, told AFP.

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Interview with outgoing Africa Great Lakes Special Envoy Mary Robinson

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IRIN

NAIROBI, 4 August 2014 (IRIN) - In March 2013 Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights was appointed special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region to bolster implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region, an accord signed by 11 African countries in February that year.

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