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21 Dec 2014 description

During their joint visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 16 September, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown welcomed the commitment of the DRC at the highest level to education. This joint visit was designed to support national mobilization for education and strengthen cooperation with the international community. The DRC Government has placed education at the heart of its fight against poverty and its national strategy for economic and social development.

20 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Dabanga

EL FASHER/NIERTETI (19 Dec.) -

Members of a paramilitary force reportedly attacked two villages near Tabit in North Darfur on Friday afternoon, during which they wounded a number of people, and robbed them of their belongings. In the state's capital city, the theft of vehicles is on the rise, according to residents.

19 Dec 2014 description

In Goma, some twenty human rights activists have completed training in techniques for collecting judicial data relating to sexual violence.

They attended a three-day training workshop held from 15 to 17 December 2014 by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), in partnership with the Congolese government.

19 Dec 2014 description

In the territory of Rutshuru, International Humanitarian NGOs threaten to interrupt their activities if nothing is done to ensure their security. They made this declaration in a joint communiqué published a few days ago in the Rutshuru – centre.

19 Dec 2014 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. The note on Cambodia was jointly delivered with OHCHR spokesperson, Rupert Colville.

UNHCR is greatly concerned by the ongoing killings and other human rights violations against civilians in the Beni area of DR Congo’s North Kivu Province. Multiple attacks over the last three months have caused widespread fear and displacement. We are appealing for humanitarian access to help people in distress.

19 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a total of U$226.5 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to strengthen its health systems to improve maternal and child health services. The project will also support an Ebola preparedness plan for DRC and enable the country to be better equipped to respond to anew Ebola outbreak.

Economic growth in the DRC which has been impressive in recent years has not translated into achieving better health and other human development results.

18 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA (18 December 2014) –UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today welcomed the conviction and sentencing of Lieutenant Colonel Bedi Mobuli Engangela for committing crimes against humanity between 2005 and 2007 in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Engangela, better known as ‘Colonel 106’ after the battalion he commanded, was on Monday sentenced to life in prison for murder, rape, sexual slavery, torture, abduction, and “imprisonment and other forms of grave deprivation of physical liberty.”

18 Dec 2014 description
report IRIN

KINSHASA, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. Whether the timing is right is debatable.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Okapi

Des mines anti-personnelles non explosées découvertes dans le territoire d’Aketi, le long de la route Kisangani-Buta-Bunduki (Province Orientale), depuis huit mois n’ont jamais été désactivés.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Enough Project

Editor's Note: This is the first post in a series on a surge of violence against civilians in Beni territory and increasing tensions between the local populations and the authorities meant to protect them.This post was written by Enough Project intern Jasper Kubasek.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Invisible Children

Non-profit organization working to bring a permanent end to the violence of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central and East Africa will launch Finishing Fund to underwrite protection programs, and Citizen Volunteer Network to continue activism efforts before closing the doors on US headquarters

17 Dec 2014 description
report United Nations

Statement by United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura

17 Dec 2014 description
report Food for the Hungry

What the average person knows about the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is that it is somewhere in central Africa. It might be a stretch to include the word “central,” so let’s take a moment to gain just a bit more understanding.

At one-quarter the size of the U.S., the DRC is the eleventh largest country in the world. It lies on the northeastern border of Angola and, contrary to popular belief, is not landlocked. Its 37 kilometers of coastline is home to the seaport of Banana.

17 Dec 2014 description

Travelling from Minova to Numbi, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would be the dream of many motorbike fans. More than two hours of slopes, slippery surfaces and obstacles of all kinds make the journey a test of skill that many local motorcyclists overcome with apparent ease and the serenity of those who face great difficulties every day. As a passenger on the back of the bike, an outsider can hardly admire the beautiful landscape as they worry about the difficulty of a route that requires the driver to perform acrobatic exercises.

16 Dec 2014 description

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | Tuesday 12/16/2014 - 20:17 GMT

About 1,000 former fighters from a former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group broke out Tuesday from a camp where they being held in Uganda just as soldiers were about to repatriate them, the Ugandan army said.