The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gary Quinlan (Australia):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the massacres perpetrated against civilians on 20 November near the city of Beni in North Kivu. These attacks have increased to more than 200 the number of civilians killed since mid-October in this region. The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims.
Bonnes pratiques – Carte du risque en RCA
Suite à la flambée de cholera enregistrée entre le 01 et 06 Novembre dans les camps de réfugiés à l’Est du Cameroun à la frontière avec la RCA, le cluster WASH RCA a établi une carte du risque de propagation de l’épidémie (cf. figure 2).
Les mouvements de population ainsi que les ponts chauds cholera (marchés hebdomadaires et centre de transit) sont représentés sur la carte. L’objectif est de mettre en œuvre des activités bouclier contextualisées sur base d’investigation terrain.
Caritas Australia calls for end to rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Caritas Australia is releasing a new report on sexual violence and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and calling for an end to impunity in this war on women.
Clean water is essential to survival, but getting it is a constant challenge for millions of people around the world. It’s common for women and children to spend hours every day just traveling to find water, keeping kids from school and often putting mothers in dangerous situations.
Before Mercy Corps stepped in to help, this was the case in the the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city, Goma — home to more than 750,000 residents.
24 November 2014 – The security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “worsening,” a senior United Nations official has warned, citing an escalating trend of massacres in the town of Beni – the site of continuing flare-ups of deadly violence between armed groups, including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.
The situation in the town has been steadily deteriorating over the past few weeks amid a spate of attacks in which over 100 civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed, according to UN reports.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“Congo”), gold is a major financial lifeline for armed actors. Fortunately, jewelry retailers and consumers can play important roles to help end the conflict gold trade and the suffering it causes, together with the actions of governments. The Enough Project has engaged with the largest jewelry retailers in an effort to encourage companies to use their power and resources in more robust, effective ways to support responsible sourcing in Congo and the Great Lakes Region. Two companies in particular—Tiffany & Co.
Kinshasa, RD Congo | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 19:50 GMT
by Marthe BOSUANDOLE
About 100 people were slaughtered last week in a fresh massacre in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, blamed by the government on Uganda rebels, lawmakers told AFP on Monday.
The carnage took place on Thursday near Beni in North Kivu province, where mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians in gruesome machete attacks since October, and where the UN wants "negative forces" to be neutralised.
DRC: Belgian mining giant lied over bulldozing homes
A Belgian mining company, Groupe Forrest International, has consistently lied about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has denied justice to those affected, said Amnesty International today in a new report.
In partnership with The Resolve, we’ve just released a new reportfrom the LRA Crisis Tracker, which demonstrates important trends in LRA activity over the last six months. Our friend Paul Ronan does a great job at summarizing this data, which points to a spike in LRA abductions in DR Congo and Central African Republic (CAR).
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN’s peacekeeping mission as a whole—not just the Intervention Brigade component—is a party to the conflict under international law. This is one of the key findings in a new IPI report examining the legal implications of the UN brigade’s unprecedented mandate to “neutralize” rebel groups.
11/21/2014 - 20:43 GMT
At least nine people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east where Ugandan rebels have recently staged bloody attacks, a top official said Friday.
"Nine bodies have been sent to the morgue. The bodies were found deep inside the forest," Julien Paluku, the governor of the restive Nord-Kivu province, told AFP.
"We are carrying out searches to see if there are any other bodies" in the forest, located in the north of the province between the towns of Beni and Mbau, he said.
On 24 August, WHO was notified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jeera County, Equateur Province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa, caused a total of 66 cases of EVD including 8 among health care workers.
Province Orientale: Raids and ambushes by suspected FRPI militia in South Irumu continue. In addition to extortion and looting house-hold goods, more than 100 rapes and 25 killings have been reported during the last 2 months. About 80,000 people are still in pendular displacement in the area. Government announcements of the surrender of a FPRI leader and his militia has led to hopes for an end to the violence and a demobilization in November. UNICEF is preparing to receive a large number of children as a part of this demobilization process.
In collaboration with the Congolese mining cadastre (CAMI), mining service SAESSCAM and representatives from local civil society organisations, IPIS organised a series of field visits to monitor artisanal mining activities and the involvement of armed groups and criminal networks in mineral exploitation and trade. This resulted in the publication of an interactive web map providing information on e.g. the on-site presence of armed groups and criminal elements within the Congolese army (FARDC) and their activities, as well as indicators of the relative importance of the mining site.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Overall favourable vegetation conditions for the 2014 crops despite below-average rainfall in some areas
Inflation increased in 2014 but still very low compared to recent years
Civil conflict and recent floods in eastern and southern parts affect food security
Good prospects for 2014 crops despite below-average rainfall in some areas
The training room at the MONUSCO headquarters was used as the venue for the awareness-raising session organised on 14 November 2014 by the UN Mission’s Police component (UNPOL)/Kalemie for some twenty female officers of the Congolese National Police (PNC).
Facilitated by the UNPOL Sexual Violence and Child Protection focal Points, this meeting aimed to inform the participants about the procedures and rules in force for the fight against sexual violence and child protection in armed conflict.
To that purpose, several presentations were provided, including on:
The Béni area of northern North Kivu province has endured several years of violence in connection with the conflict between Ugandan armed group the Allied Democratic Forces and the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The impact on local inhabitants has been huge, with abductions, murders, attacks and displacement being frequent occurrences. Arnaud Meffre, head of the ICRC office in Béni describes the recent resurgence of violence and stresses the need to respect and protect human life.