The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Matthew Rycroft (United Kingdom):
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for swift action to bring to justice the perpetrators of a deadly attack yesterday against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), pledging continued support in the battle against rebel forces.
One peacekeeper from Malawi was killed and another wounded during a heavy exchange of fire when the Ugandan rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a base of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) in Makembi in North Kivu province, in the east of the vast country.
The report “Invisible Survivors: Girls in Armed Groups in Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2009 to 2015”, published this week by the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) on the recruitment of girls by armed groups in the country highlights the violence girls are confronted with as well as the difficulty of providing them with adequate assistance.
Statement by Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
The present report is the second of its kind published by the United Na tions Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MON USCO) on children associated with armed groups and provides an overview of the patterns of recruitment and use of girls by armed groups. The main findings are as follows:
• Between January 2009 and May 2015, MONUSCO interviewed 7,946 children who had been recruited by armed groups in the DRC, including 600 girls (8%).
Nineteen years after the beginning of the Congo wars, armed conflict still affects millions in the east of the country. This essay by CRG director Jason Stearns and our senior fellow Christoph Vogel accompanies a map of armed groups, compiled by researchers across North and South Kivu, in which we catalogue over seventy groups. This is far from a static picture, and we highlight key shifts that have emerged over the past two years: a decline of regional involvement, a fragmentation of armed groups, and a modest drop in the political manipulation of armed groups.
Activists and political leaders who speak out against attempts by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila to stand for a third term in office are being subjected to arbitrary arrest and, in some cases, prolonged incommunicado detention, said Amnesty International, a year before presidential elections are officially due to take place.
By Jacques David — 25 November 2015
The Government of the Russian Federation has donated 30 KAMAZ trucks to the World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to facilitate food deliveries and distributions to vulnerable people and the provision of services to humanitarian partners in hard-to-reach and crisis-hit areas.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, one out of every 144 women dies when giving birth. In the U.S. that number is one in 7,142. Yet, implementing a few relatively simple measures can easily reduce DRC’s shocking maternal mortality rate.
At the medical center in Bumbu, DRC, where Handicap International has been working for the last several years to make giving birth safer for mothers, staff can attest that’s possible turn the situation around quickly. Not a single mother has died here this year.
This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project , looking at the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
On 22 and 24 September 2015, our UNICEF delegation made its way to various municipalities of Kinshasa in light of its “Door-to-door” campaign aimed at enrolling out-of-school children aged 6 to 7 in their first year of primary school. Let me tell you about my enlightening experience.
When Handicap International first met Patrick, 4, the boy was crawling around the rough black volcanic rock of in Mugunga 3, a camp for people displaced by the rebel conflict in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The front of his white shirt and yellow shorts were smeared with black dust. Due to a congenital malformation, Patrick was born without hands or legs and so he crawled or scooted around as best he can.
On a research mission to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) undertaken in March 2015, IDMC analysts for Central Africa had the unique opportunity to gather data on internally displaced people who have suffered repeated displacement and to hear firsthand their stories of survival. Here, they take the opportunity of the Universal Children’s Day to think about how displacement affects young people’s family lives.
This is the second in a series of thematic papers that contribute to a project undertaken by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, International Alert and Climate Interactive to increase the resilience of people who have been repeatedly displaced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).1
Due to ongoing political unrest in Burundi, thousands are fleeing into neighbouring countries.
As of 8 November close to 18,400 Burundian refugees have been registered in DRC.
The majority of refugees, almost 17,000 are residing in South Kivu.
Approximately 10,500 of these refugees are residing in the Lusenda camp and approximately 6,000 are living with host families. A small number are in transit centres and other temporary sites.
Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.
The 13th IPC acute food insecurity analysis in DRC covered the rural areas of North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema, Central Kongo and former provinces of Orientale, Katanga and Equateur.
Unconditional cash transfers1 are increasingly prevalent in humanitarian response plans. The use of cash is now widely accepted across all contexts and there has been significant focus on the means by which cash can facilitate and promote more efficient and effective delivery of support. This is alongside the increased attention throughout the decade on risk mitigation and feasibility as well as improved effectiveness substantiated through impact evaluation that has, in turn, meant a growth in programme policy and evidence-based planning.
November 12, 2015 ...
A deadly measles epidemic continues to spread through Katanga province, in southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with devastating effects on the very young. For the past two months, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Marion Osterberger has been working in Ankoro hospital, which has become so overcrowded with patients that up to five children have had to share each bed.
Here, she describes the situation.
Kalemie, 13 November - The United Nations Joint Human Right Office in Kalemie organized a capacity-building workshop on a forensic guide for dealing with sexual violence attended by twenty medical doctors in Tanganyika including 5 women.
Financed by a British organization known as UKaid within the framework of a National Legal Assistance Program for the victims of sexual violence, the objective of the workshop was to empower participants to provide a better assistance to the victims of sexual violence.