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25 Sep 2016 description

Goma – 21 September 2016: MONUSCO Civil Affairs Section in collaboration with the North Kivu Provincial Ministry of Interior through its Support Unit for Pacification and the Catholic diocesan youth center in Goma have organized 2 days of activities on a social dialogue which began on 20th of September and culminated in the Commemoration of the UN Peace day 21 September 2016 in Kibirizi situated about 165 Km north of Goma in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu.

24 Sep 2016 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Saturday 9/24/2016 - 22:21 GMT

Thirteen people died when a panic-stricken crowd stampeded in a troubled town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, local officials said.

"The incident happened when a drunken soldier in civilian clothes fired four shots from his gun, causing panic," the mayor of Beni, Jean Edmond Nyonyi, said.

"Eight people drowned when they threw themselves in the river, four were killed in accidents and one person died of a heart attack," he said.

24 Sep 2016 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Saturday 9/24/2016 - 13:10 GMT

The United Nations, African Union, European Union and a fourth international organization made a joint appeal on Saturday to the government and opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo to exercise restraint amid violent political unrest.

The three main international bodies were joined by the 57 International Organization of La Francophonie, which held a high-profile summit in Kinshasa in 2012.

23 Sep 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 9/23/2016 - 23:35 GMT

Heavy fighting in the city of Kananga in central Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed many lives, sources said.

The violence erupted on Thursday and continued into Friday, with attacks on the city's airport by supporters of a tribal chief, Kamwena Nsapu, who was killed in August by the military, they said.

"There was a bust-up in Kananga but calm returned in the late afternoon," DR Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende told AFP.

23 Sep 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 9/23/2016 - 20:50 GMT

An opposition delegation taking part in a so-called "national dialogue" to resolve a political crisis in DR Congo said Friday it had suspended its participation after deadly violence in the capital this week.

Rioting and violent protests calling for President Joseph Kabila's resignation on Monday and Tuesday claimed at least 50 lives, according to the United Nations.

23 Sep 2016 description

Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP | Friday 9/23/2016 - 20:33 GMT

Two people were killed on Friday when a mild earthquake shook a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,  according to an early toll, a regional official said.

The quake, whose epicentre was in neighbouring Rwanda, had a magnitude of 4.8, monitors said.

It rattled homes in Bukavu, the main town in South Kivu province.

"The provisional toll is two dead, both of them men... and five injured -- three girls and two men," the provincial minister for health, Nash Mwanza Nangunia, told AFP.

23 Sep 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

by MEHDI MEDDEB

In Western Kasaï, which was divided into three new provinces, the program “CAO 4&5” includes the distribution of kits -family kits, birthing kits and kits for children-. This program, reaching nearly 20% of the local health authorities areas, is part of the Acceleration Framework on the Millennium Development Goals 4&5. In the health areas, the early results have been very positive and health indicators have started to improve. Report from Kabuela in Lomami Province and Miabi in Western Kasaï.

22 Sep 2016 description

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GENEVA (22 September 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday issued a strong warning about the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and insisted that, as part of the effort to avert a major crisis, there must be accountability for the killing of dozens of civilians and other human rights violations that took place during the outbreak of violence earlier this week.

22 Sep 2016 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 9/22/2016 - 12:08 GMT

Seven people were killed overnight in an attack in eastern DR Congo blamed on Ugandan rebel group the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the army said Thursday.

"The ADF killed seven people and burned down houses" in Kasinga in the Beni region, army spokesman Mak Hazukay told AFP, adding that fighting between soldiers and the rebels was ongoing.

Local official Gilbert Kambale said 15 houses had been set on fire and five people were reported missing.

22 Sep 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

by FLAVIEN MULUMBA

For nearly a decade, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made progress in several areas, including health, education and the protection of young women. If we look at these developments in detail, we see that not all children benefit in the same way from such advances. In order to achieve equity for all children in the DRC, it is important to conduct a thorough analysis about disparities and inequalities between these children.

21 Sep 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12528-AFR/3451

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gerard van Bohemen (New Zealand):

21 Sep 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Women do not stop giving birth when disaster strikes. Every day, about 500 women die of childbirth-related causes in humanitarian emergencies or fragile settings.

Yet women’s reproductive health needs are not considered priorities in humanitarian response.

21 Sep 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 9/21/2016 - 19:38 GMT

Two days of violence in Kinshasa left over 100 people dead, the Democratic Republic of Congo opposition said Wednesday, their figure more than tripling the police toll.

Police in DR Congo said earlier that 32 people had been killed during the clashes in the capital on Monday and Tuesday, as security forces brought a wave of violence and looting to an end.

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21 Sep 2016 description

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must show restraint in their handling of protests to ensure that they do not inflame tensions in the country, and conduct thorough, prompt, impartial and transparent investigations into killings and violence that took place at opposition rallies in Kinshasa yesterday, Amnesty International said today.

21 Sep 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 9/22/2016 - 03:03 GMT

by Marc JOURDIER

Police in DR Congo said Wednesday that 32 people had been killed during two days of clashes in the capital Kinshasa this week, while the opposition said more than three times that number had died.

The wildly divergent figures were released as security forces brought the wave of violence and looting to an end.

21 Sep 2016 description

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Populations in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo remain at imminent risk of possible mass atrocity crimes perpetrated by armed groups.

BACKGROUND:

21 Sep 2016 description

Overview

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Nino event which threatens to impact negatively on livelihoods and quality of lives. The region experienced a delayed onset of the 2015/2016, rainfall season, followed by erratic rains. Analysis of rainfall performance shows that the October to December 2015 period, which represents the first half of the cropping season, was the driest in more than 35 years in several southern parts of the region

Recommendations (Short-Term)

21 Sep 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

27,250 Newly arrived South Sudanese refugees in DRC since late 2015.

95,606 Refugees from the Central African Republic in the DRC.

31,867 Refugees from Burundi in DRC

525,978 Congolese refugees in African countries

3,914 Refugees repatriated from DRC in 2016.