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14 people killed in DR Congo machete attack: NGO

10/30/2014 - 21:22 GMT

Fourteen people were killed in a machete attack by Ugandan rebels in the Beni region in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly 100 civilians have already perished, a non-governmental group said Thursday.

The incursion by the Ugandan rebel group ADF took place overnight in the town of Kampi ya Chui and "it's a heavy toll: 14 people massacred by machetes," said Teddy Kataliko, head of the Beni region civil society.

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Katanga: More efforts are necessary - A report on humanitarian response and the remaining challenges in DRC’s Katanga Province

BETWEEN INSTABILITY AND A PRECARIOUS LULL

After years of calm, Katanga has become a powderkeg, like other provinces in the eastern part of the DRC. With some 580,000 internally displaced people and about 300,000 returnees since March 2013, Katanga is, after the two Kivus, the third most affected province by displacements.

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Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold - Issue 1, 2014

The latest Occasional Paper published by ACCORD makes connections between the vicious cycles of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) North and South Kivu provinces (the Kivus) and the intractable conflicts in the DRC. Written by Joyce Muraya and ACCORD's John Ahere, Perpetuation of instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: When the Kivus sneeze, Kinshasa catches a cold places the Kivus at the epicentre of the crisis in the DRC and persisting insecurity in the Great Lakes region as a whole.

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In Goma, Capoeira Brings Peace to Children

By RAFAEL CABANILLAS

In my capacity as a Mexican capoeira practitioner, I arrived in North Kivu in September to lead the project “Capoeira for Peace”. Together with Dieudonné, a capoeira practitioner from Kinshasa, I lead the training in capoeira for children released from armed forces or groups. Here is how this martial art is helping with their reintegration.

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Welcome home // Released women and children return to Uganda

What gets us more excited than free Halloween candy? Well, unlimited free Halloween candy… and inspiring updates from our International Programs team.

In case you missed it…

Over the summer, we saw an unprecedented increase in LRA defections and releases. Since August, around 100 individuals have returned home from the LRA. Whether they were released or escaped of their own will, for those 100 people, the war is finally over.

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Pluie torentielle: le ministre des Affaires humanitaires attendu à Kahele

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Radio Okapi

Denière mise à jour le 28 octobre, 2014 à 1:10

Le ministre des Affaires humanitaires est attendu ce mardi 28 octobre au Sud-Kivu pour se render compte de dégâts causés par la pluie dans le territoire de Kalehe, qui a fait samedi une centaine de morts. Une délégation du conseil provincial de gestion des catastrophes, conduite par le gouverneur de province Marcellin Cishambo, n’a pas pu arriver lundi sur les lieux de la catastrophe; la route et le pont Luzira étant coupés.

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Scores feared dead in DR Congo flood disaster

Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP | Tuesday 10/28/2014 - 18:12 GMT

Scores of people were feared dead Tuesday in terrible floods that hit the strife-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 700 homes, a school and a church were reportedly destroyed around Bushushu village in South Kivu province after heavy rain set off landslides, with some victims said to have been swept into Lake Kivu.

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IOM’s Emergency Operations and Coordination in North Kivu - 27 October 2014

In this issue

  • IOM’s Emergency Operations Program monitoring and evaluation missions: OFDA and EU/ECHO donor official visits in Goma and Masisi Centre-Nyabiondo axis IDP displacement sites.

  • Continuation of IOM’s biometric registration operations in Mugunga 1 displacement site.

  • Displacement sites consolidation and closure in Goma area.

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As Massacres Continue in Democratic Republic of Congo, Special Representative Asks Security Council for Tougher Military Action to Protect Civilians

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In light of continued massacres committed by armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for the country this morning requested the Security Council to endorse and promote a more proactive stance by peacekeepers for protection of civilians.

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UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat

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24 October 2014 – Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups,” including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report (01 August - 30 September 2014) [EN/FR]

Highlights

  • Ebola: an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease was declared by the DRC Minister of Health on August 24, 2014, in a remote rural area in north-western Equateur province’s Boende health zone (HZ). As of 18 October there were 68 cases of which 2 suspected, 28 likely and 38 confirmed. There have been 49 deaths total, of which 28 likely and 21 confirmed. There are currently 2 patients in isolation in Lokolia. Since the declaration of the outbreak, UNICEF has joined efforts with the Government and partners to rapidly respond (details, p. 8).

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DR Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Friday 10/24/2014 - 11:23 GMT

The Democratic Republic of Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November, as its two-month outbreak apparently fizzles out, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The DRC outbreak, which involves a separate strain of Ebola from the one raging in west Africa, began in August.

There have been 66 cases and 49 deaths -- including eight fatalities among healthcare workers -- and the authorities have been working hand in hand with WHO to monitor anyone who had contact with a sufferer.

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Ebola sleuths scour DR Congo jungle for source of outbreak

10/23/2014 - 03:24 GMT

by Kathy KATAYI

Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison.

Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has been contained.

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UN Mission comes under attack, steps up security

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UN News Service

MONUSCO has stepped up its security following several attacks on its bases in North Kivu, including one on Tuesday which required the evacuation of 12 staff members.

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Humanitarian funding analysis: Displacement, North Kivu, DRC - 22 October 2014

Key messages

• US$378 million of humanitarian funding has been allocated to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so far in 2014.

• US$11 million of the 2014 total has been allocated specifically to North Kivu, of which US$1 million went to Beni in June 2014.

• The United States (US), European Commission (EC) and United Kingdom (UK) are the top three humanitarian donors to DRC in 2014, and also feature as the top three between 2012 and 2014.

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We Are Not Afraid: Story of a Forgotten Crisis

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Medair

Four years ago, a Medair team flew into the forested Ango region of northeastern D.R. Congo and found thousands of families displaced after vicious attacks by armed militia. Many families lived in Ango town, where local residents suffered because of a lack of access to health care, safe water, and food. People had received virtually no humanitarian aid, not because their needs weren’t urgent, but because they were so hard to reach.

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ICC/Bemba – Four Bemba associates get interim release

Arusha, October 22, 2014 (FH) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of four suspects close to Congolese Senator and former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, “to avoid that the duration of the pre-trial detention become disproportionate”.

Jean-Pierre Bemba is on trial before the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

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Dispatches: Cheers for A Congolese Hero

In a move that will surely draw a collective cheer from thousands of women whose lives have been destroyed by brutal sexual violence, the European Parliament announced that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege won the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. I am cheering with them.

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