GENEVA (20 February 2017) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take immediate steps to halt widespread human rights violations, including apparent summary executions, by the country’s armed forces.
Description of the disaster
Since the beginning of the month of November 2016, rains and winds have hit the town of Gemena, headquarters of the province of Sud-Ubangi. Gemena town is located 3 hours by air (979 Km) from the town of Kinshasa with a total population of 350,511 people (source: Provincial Mayor).
On 9 November 2016, rain and violent winds intensified, causing extensive floods in the Gemena neighbourhoods located on the banks of rivers Mombonga, Sukia and Labo.
Goma – 14 February, 2017 – These activities were taking place at the heart of the 2017 edition of the Amani Peace Festival that ended recently in the North Kivu Provincial capital of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The crowd-pulling event opened a door for MONUSCO to intensify HIV sensitization and to encourage activities that could bring about behaviour change among the youths.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - The Government of Japan has provided additional funding to IOM’s Migrant Health Assistance for Crisis-Affected Populations project, which seeks to strengthen and improve the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) government’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond to diseases outbreaks and other public health occurrences along the country’s border with Angola.
by GIULIA RINDI
HUMANITARIAN SITUATION – Latest updates about the humanitarian situation in the DRC. Find the political, humanitarian and security highlights and the latest key figures and actions taken by UNICEF and its partners.
Highlights on the humanitarian situation
Addis Ababa, New York, Brussels and Paris, 16 February 2017: The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) are increasingly concerned by the continuing impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) related to the implementation modalities of the 31 December political agreement.
Brazzaville, 14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past six months.
FUNDING GAP THREATENS FOOD ASSISTANCE TO CAR REFUGEES
Lack of financial resources is jeopardizing WFP and partners’ ability to provide livesaving food assistance to the refugees in eastern Cameroon, leaving a US$16 million gap in funding. A complete gap is expected from June onwards, pending new food consignments. Since last October, a decline in funding had already forced WFP to cut food and cash assistance by half to some 156,000 CAR refugees, who are now surviving on a minimal food ration.
Valentin was in trouble. His arms were tied behind his back and he couldn’t move. The sun was beating down in the courtyard of the mining company where he and his friends were being held.
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Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Liz Throssell
Date: 14 February 2017
(1) Democratic Republic of Congo
There are troubling reports that soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo killed at least 101 people during clashes with members of a local militia between 9 and 13 February.
(Kinshasa, 11 February 2017) : On 9 February 2017, after intercommunity clashes erupted in Mbayo (Manono Territory, Tanganyika Province), militiamen entered the General Referral Hospital in Kiambi (130 km North of Manono) and killed one patient and his wife. They also assaulted a medical staff. OCHA condemns this heinous and cowardly attack in the strongest possible terms and expresses its dismay. OCHA also recalls the neutral and impartial nature of health structures and medical staff that must be protected at all times.
Kinshasa, 11 February 2017 – MONUSCO is concerned about the persistent conflict in the Kasais which is marked by violent atrocities committed by the Kamuina Nsapu militia including their recruitment and use of child soldiers whilst targeting symbols and institutions of State authority as well as the disproportionate use of force by the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) in their response to the situation.
Aid agencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have launched a groundbreaking Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requesting $748 million to address the most critical needs of 6.7 millions people trapped in a 20-year crisis in 2017. However, the multi-year HRP aims to allow humanitarian partners to focus on preparedness and flexible, long-term funding. Therefore the plan targets close to 7 million people each year between now and 2019.
by JUSTINE MOUNET
INTERVIEW SPECIALIST – For the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, Sabrina Cajoly, coordinator of the Working Group for the Protection of Children, answers six questions about children in the forces and armed groups in the DRC.
1- Are there still children in the forces and armed groups in the DRC?
(Kinshasa, 10 February 2017): The humanitarian community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Congolese authorities today launched an appeal for US$ 748 million to assist 6.7 million people in 2017 –marking the first year of a new three-year action plan in the DRC. Its objective over the next 36 months is to respond to the humanitarian needs of millions of civilians affected by one of the world’s most acute and protracted crises.
Stephen Cahill, Global Logistics Cluster Coordinator and Julien Marcheix, Logistics Cluster Desk Officer for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), flew to Kinshasa last week to meet with representatives of the logistics humanitarian community active in the country.
DRC is a country suffering a long-standing humanitarian crisis exacerbated by limited infrastructures, often in poor condition, which hamper access to the population in need of humanitarian assistance, mostly living in hard-to-reach, remote areas.
As of 31 December 2016, the Democratic Republic of the Congo had more than 2.2 million internally displaced people(IDPs), of whom 52% were women and young girls. Almost 90% of displacements were due to armed violence/conflict1. With 40% of displaced people, North Kivu is the most affected province of all. With the exception of Tanganyika, host families represent the principal source of shelter for IDPs.