We, Shana, Daniella and David, Young Reporters from Ituri, went to meet students from one of the schools in Mandro, a town near the city of Bunia. The goal was to immerse ourselves into the movement for the schooling of vulnerable children in Ituri.
Too many vulnerable children in Ituri do not go to school
What can we do so that all children, even the most vulnerable, such as those who have lost their father or mother or whose parents cannot afford school fees, can go to school?
The signing of a bilateral agreement on cross-border trade between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Rubavu on 20 October and the launch of the Simplified Trade Regime (STR) between the countries is a vital step towards peace and economic development in the region.
The STR will be implemented under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and will run across the borders of Rubavu-Goma and Bukavu-Ruzizi.
Clara Magariño Manero, Project Manager at International Alert in DRC said:
KINSHASA/GENEVA (21 October 2016) – Congolese police, armed forces and the Republican Guard used excessive – including lethal – force during demonstrations in Kinshasa last month, when at least 53 people were killed over two days, 143 injured and more than 299 unlawfully arrested, according to a UN preliminary investigation report released today.
This report of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) addresses human rights violations and abuses committed between 19 and 21 September 2016 in Kinshasa and other circumstances relevant to understand the overall environment of the demonstrations organized by the opposition platform Rassemblement des forces politiques et sociales acquises au changement, calling for the respect of constitutional timelines for holding national elections.
South Sudanese refugees in DRC, most of them new arrivals
refugees from the Central African Republic in DRC
refugees from Burundi in DRC
Congolese refugees in African countries
refugees repatriated from DRC in 2016
The Secretary-General takes note of the conclusion of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He commends Edem Kodjo, the African Union Facilitator for the dialogue, as well as participants to the talks for their work and commitment towards a peaceful solution to the crisis in the context of the electoral process.
19 October 2016 – Taking note of the wrap-up of the African-Union mediated national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Government to remain actively engage with all political stakeholders, and called on political actors not involved in the talks to resolve their difference peacefully.
A historic signing ceremony of the Agreement reached between the Presidential Majority, opposition political parties and the civil society in the dialogue took place in Kishasa, DRC on 18th October, 2016. The Agreement was a result of successful African Union led National Dialogue facilitated by H.E. Edem Kodjo and supported by the Support Group, comprising of the African Union, SADC, ICGLR, EU, UN Special Envoy and the International Organization of la Francophonie (IOF).
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Violence has been fuelled by social tensions between Bantu villagers and the Twa, a hunting and gathering people who have long been denied access to land and basic services
KINSHASA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - More than a dozen people have died since the weekend in fighting in southeastern Congo between Bantus and Pygmies, local activists said on Tuesday, in the latest escalation in a bloody three-year ethnic conflict.
Goma, North Kivu: The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Ms Zainab Hawa Bangura has been to Heal Africa Hospital to visit cases of women of sexual violence in Goma on the 14th of October 2016.
On her arrival at the Goma Airport , Madame Bangura told the Press in Goma that she was on an evaluation mission on the actual situation of women who are victims of Sexual violence as a result of the many the armed conflicts in North and South Kivus after her previous visit in 2013.
Due to the continuing crisis and low prospects for large-scale refugee returns, WFP is preparing a budget revision to extend the regional C.A.R. Emergency Operation by 12 months.
With overall funding levels at approximately 60 percent of the needs, WFP’s ability to provide assistance is limited.
The political situation is increasingly volatile and subsequent violence and displacement is a risk. Such developments would significantly increase staff and resource requirements.
The last thing eastern Congo needs is more armed groups, so the arrival of hundreds of South Sudanese rebels in the violence-prone region is cause for concern.
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According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$414.4 million of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the beginning of 2016.
The UN-coordinated appeal for DRC requests US$690 million. It is currently 53% funded at US$365.2 million.
The US is currently the largest donor this year, having committed/contributed US$143.1 million.
For a number of weeks now, I have been deeply concerned by the critical situation and recent incidents of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC"), particularly the events and certain alleged acts that took place in Kinshasa in September 2016, which could constitute crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court ("Court" or "ICC").
1.\ The European Union is deeply concerned by the political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It strongly condemns the acts of extreme violence that took place on 19 and 20 September 2016, in particular in Kinshasa. Those acts have further exacerbated the deadlock in the DRC due to the failure to call the presidential election within the constitutional deadline. In that regard, the EU recalls its conclusions of 23 May 2016 and reaffirms the primary responsibility of the DRC authorities for the holding of the elections.
Situation in Numbers
17,712 # of cases of cholera in DRC (DRC Ministry of Health, August 2016) 1,722,082 # of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) (UNHCR, August 2016) 402,905 # of refugees in DRC (UNHCR, August 2016)
Gédéon Led Militia that Committed Numerous Atrocities