Uvira, 2 December 2016 – The United Nations Stabilization Mission in DRC, MONUSCO officially launched this Friday 2 December an Operational Strategy on the fight against insecurity in Uvira named “SOLIUV”. The ceremony was co-chaired by the General Commissioner of the Congolese National Police (Charles Bisengimana) and MONUSCO Police Commissioner Awalé Abdounasir in a ceremony attended by senior government officials: Governor of the South-Kivu province Marcellin Cishambo, provincial Commissioner of the National Police in the South Kivu province and MONUSCO South Kivu chief, Charles Frisby.
Kinshasa, 27 November 2016 - A group of some 50 Mayi-Mayi Mazembe this morning attacked over 1000 Hutu displaced families, located at Luhanga in North Kivu, killing more than 20 and injuring a similar number. A MONUSCO detachment in the vicinity of Luhanga, upon hearing shooting, immediately deployed and engaged the Mayi-Mayi, repelling the attack. One Mayi-Mayi was killed in the engagement.
GENEVA (1 December 2016) – The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is silencing critics in clear violation of international human rights law, a United Nations expert has warned.
The action, which includes jamming radio broadcasts and arresting journalists, is targeting the independent media at a time of high political tension, says the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye.
News in Brief
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, political tensions persist. The term of current President Joseph Kabila will come to an end on December 19. With the elections being postponed, Kabila will stay in power beyond his term. The fear grows on the national and international level that this would lead to a worsening security situation in the country due to violent protests and repression.
In North Kivu, about 35 people died on Sunday, November 27, when Mai Mai rebels attacked Luhanga village in Lubero territory.
I visited the DRC last week for five days, following the High Commissioner's visit in July. I listened carefully to many voices. I met with the Vice-Prime Minister, several cabinet ministers, two Governors, the Heads of Intelligence and the Police, and both speakers of Parliament. Also the National Human Rights Commission; dozens of human rights defenders and members of civil society in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma; the diplomatic corps; and the UN community.
On World Aids Day, we pay tribute to the people who are working on the frontline of the HIV response. People like Dr Pascal Milenge. He and his teams are providing antiretroviral drugs to health centers in Eastern DR Congo. “In the rainy season it’s a nightmare to reach the remote villages.”
It’s true, great progress has been made in the fight against AIDS in the past 15 years:
Nestled in the centre of the African continent lies the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a vast country whose recent history has been one of conflict and corruption. The country was plagued by civil war from 1997 to 2003, and since then conflict has persisted in the east of the country. In the Masisi territory, inter-ethnic conflict is widespread and recent years have witnessed the proliferation of multiple armed groups.
Violent protests broke out over the postponement of presidential polls between demonstrators and police forces on 19 & 20 September in Kinshasa. Opposition groups claimed that more than 50 people were killed, while the Government said 17 people died.
At least 680 civilians were killed in the 120 attacks in Beni territory since October 2014. Victims and witnesses described brutal attacks in which assailants methodically kill people with guns, axes and machetes. The actual number of victims could be much higher.
Hello, I am Glodi, a Child Reporter from Kinshasa. My article is about the Global Handwashing Day and our great advocacy for the children of the city and secondary school students to also benefit from the Healthy Villages and Schools program. It’s been two years now since we, Child Reporters of Kinshasa, have been advocating for an end to the discrimination that allows only children living in rural areas and those attending primary schools to benefit from the Healthy Villages and Schools program in the DRC.
« Choosing to wash hands is choosing health »
Militias claiming to represent the two ethnic groups have engaged in tit-for-tat violence throughout the year that has killed dozens of civilians
By Aaron Ross
KINSHASA, Nov 27 (Reuters) - An ethnic Nande militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed about 30 civilians, mostly Hutus, on Sunday morning, local sources said, in an apparent escalation of deadly violence between the two groups that has flared repeatedly this year.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Overall favourable prospects for 2016 season crops
Inflation rates forecast to slightly increase in 2016
Food prices at high levels in eastern and southern parts of the country
Serious humanitarian situation in eastern and southern provinces due to persisting civil conflict
Overall favourable prospects for 2016 season crops
UN Special Envoy calls on Congolese political stakeholders to demonstrate flexibility and readiness for compromise to facilitate peaceful election process
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Since the beginning of the month of November, rains and winds have hit the town of Gemena, headquarters of the province of Sud-Ubangi. Gemena town is located 3 hours by air (979 Km) from the town of Kinshasa. with a total population of 350,511 people (source: Provincial Mayor).
On 9 November 2016, rain and violent winds intensified, causing extensive floods in the Gemena neighbourhoods located on the banks of rivers Mombonga, Sukia and Labo.
The regional C.A.R. Emergency Operation will be extended by 12 months, until December 2017. A budget revision is being finalized.
Due to increasing needs, including the continued influx of South Sudanese refugees and persistent population movements, WFP’s resources are strained. This could seriously hamper WFP’s ability to deliver assistance from January 2017 onwards. The six month shortfall of the PRRO is over USD 45 million.
News in Brief
On Thursday, November 17, Samy Badibanga was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opposition platform “Rassemblement” called for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, asking President Joseph Kabila to respect the end of his term. The police locked down opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi’s residence and the opposition’s gathering location. Although not many responded to the call for protest, 24 people were arrested in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, and Bunia.
Faits saillants :
23 November 2016
7819th Meeting (AM)
Concern of Neighbouring States Conveyed as Mission Co-leads Brief Members
The two co-leads of the Security Council mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, from 11 to 14 November, reported back today on their meetings with Heads of State and other high-level officials in those countries.
Goma, 23 November 2016 – UN-Habitat, in close collaboration with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has launched a USD 12 million land programme that seeks to promote peace and stability.
In 2015, 3,200,000 babies were born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or around 8,800 every day.
Among young women (aged 20-24), 27 percent gave birth by age 18.
Approximately 258 babies will die each day before reaching their first month3; 241 stillbirths occur every day.
Neonatal mortality rate: