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Improving national capacity to safely manage weapons and ammunition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

On 18 April 2014, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) together with the National Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) held a ceremony to mark the closure of the Weapons and Ammunition Management training course in Kisangani, Province Orientale.

Following the recent completion of an ammunition depot facility in Kisangani in October 2013, UNMAS recognised that a training course for key weapons and ammunition management personnel, who would be managing the new depot, would be essential.

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WWF condemns Soco seismic testing in Virunga

In defiance of local protests and international opposition, UK company Soco International PLC will start on Saturday the seismic testing phase of its controversial oil exploration project in Virunga National Park, according to media reports.

Residents living near the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) park say that portions of Lake Edward will be closed to fishing while Soco searches for subterranean oil reserves. If deposits are found, WWF understands that the company intends to drill exploration wells in the lake.

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Donors respond to plea on behalf of hungry vulnerable families in DR Congo

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions of more than US$48 million for food assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The contributions were from by the African Development Bank, France, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America.

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Rural road (re)construction Transport and rural livelihoods in the conflict-affected and fragile state environment of South Kivu

Abstract:

Substantial international investment has gone into the rehabilitation of the road infrastructure in DRC, but little is known about the impact of road rehabilitation on the organisation of urban-rural transport or on rural people’s lives. This new report is based on a survey among 1250 households in South Kivu, a review of the transport sector and qualitative community research.

The main findings are:

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World Bank to help Democratic Republic of Congo strengthen management of health and education systems

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World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved support to the Democratic Republic of Congo as the country strives to strengthen management of its health and education systems and make rapid and sustainable progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

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MONUSCO pledges support to the organization of DRC’s elections, says Martin Kobler

Kinshasa – During his visit to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI in French acronym) Monday 21 April, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo pledged MONUSCO’s support for the organization of the upcoming elections.

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A slippery slope called Katanga - April 2014

Not a week goes by without an attack on villages by the Mayi-Mayi. From 1 January to 31 March, more than 35 attacks were reported in the territories known as the 'Triangle of Death'.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Eastern DRC: Substantial support for Congolese Police training

Goma - MONUSCO through UNPOL and its partner IOM (International Organization for Migration (IOM) started implementing two major capacity-building projects for the Congolese National Police in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The USA and Netherlands-backed projects are worth 2.5 million US dollars.

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Mob violence rife in DRC's Ituri District

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IRIN

BUNIA, 17 April 2014 (IRIN) - The near absence of any effective policing in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) district of Ituri, Orientale Province, is fuelling mob violence which has seen about 100 people killed and 1,500 houses torched in the past year, according to local civil society groups.

IRIN:

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Congo province poised to start certified 'conflict-free' tin exports

  • Dodd Frank law obliges firms to ensure no conflict minerals

  • ITRI tin industry body has started certification scheme in Congo http://www.trust.org/item/20140419103641-1l9cm/?source=hptop

  • First certified minerals exports due from North Kivu province

  • Campaigners say scheme will require constant verification

By Peter Jones

Reuters - AlertNet:



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Healing the visible and invisible wounds

When bullets smashed through the walls of a house in Pinga, they left a little girl dead and her sister Chimène (7) seriously injured. Surgeons at Goma hospital had to amputate Chimène's left arm in order to save her life.

"How am I going to carry my little brother? How am I going to wash him and change him? How am I going to fetch water to help mummy?" Chimène bursts into tears. Not knowing how to deal with her new body makes the physical pain even worse.

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UNHCR allocates USD 1.7 million for transportation of refugees

Luanda - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will make available this year 1.7 million US dollars to support the transportation of Angolan refugees in D.R Congo and Zambia to their areas of origin.

A press note from the mentioned institution, which reached ANGOP on Tuesday, states that the resources are part of the initiative of the UNHCR dubbed “Seeds for Solutions”.

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LRA Regional Update: Central African Republic, DR Congo and South Sudan (January - March 2014)

Overview

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to be active in CAR and DRC, where a total of 65 LRA attacks were reported in Q1 of 2014. These attacks represent 33% of reported incidents in 2013, with a majority (63%) occurring in DRC. These attacks resulted in two deaths and 93 abductions (of whom 12% are children). The incidents are consistent in pattern to those reported in Q1 of 2012 and 2013 except that the number of reported deaths has significantly reduced.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Following strong increase in volcanic activity in Goma areas, Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO offers support to provincial authorities

Kinshasa, 13 April 2014: “MONUSCO has offered assistance to the North Kivu authorities and will work closely with North Kivu officials in this new challenge. Assistance will be provided in a timely manner, if required”, said Martin Kobler head of MONUSCO.

"I have instructed our Goma office to be ready to assist the North Kivu authorities and to carry out any mission needed to assist the region", added M. Kobler.

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Launch of the Voluntary Repatriation of Congolese Refugees from Batalimo refugee camp to DRC

On 10 April 2014 , UNHCR Representative, Mr. Kouassi Lazare Etien, and the Central African authorities : a Representative of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, of the Ministry of Health, social Affairs and Humanitarian Action , the National Commission for Refugees (CNR) and the Prefect of Lobaye, launch together the program of the voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees settled in the Batalimo refugee camp ( Lobaye prefecture).

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Back to Rwanda

Report
IRIN

GOMA, 11 April 2014 (IRIN) - The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has long been one of the most significant armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been based ever since its founders fled neighbouring Rwanda after playing a key role in the 1994 genocide.

Over the years, thousands of FDLR members and their dependants have surrendered to the UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO), and returned to Rwanda.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Increase in activity at DRC's Nyamulagira volcano

04/11/2014 17:28 GMT

GOMA, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - A volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen some "strong activity" and could erupt in the next few days, the Volcanic Observatory in Goma said on Friday.

Experts said seismic activity at Mount Nyamulagira, in the east of the country, does not currently pose any risk to the local population, although Goma, a city of over a million people devastated by an eruption in 2002, sits just 20 kilometres (12 miles) away.

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