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Democratic Republic of Congo - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

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  • Attacks by armed groups continue to displace populations in eastern DRC, while increased security in some areas is supporting limited returns.

  • On October 3, U.S. Ambassador James C. Swan redeclared a disaster in the DRC due to the ongoing complex emergency and projected humanitarian needs.

  • In FY 2014, the U.S. Government (USG) provided more than $181 million to support humanitarian activities for displaced and conflict-affected populations in the DRC.

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Female Peacekeepers receive training on gender and effectiveness in military organizations

The MONUSCO Force Commander, General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, has established a Gender Field Advisory unit within his team, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (31 October 2000) on Women, Peace and Security, and following a request from the MONUSCO Gender section.

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DR Congo: UN rights chief condemns government's decision to expel envoy

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19 October 2014 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today that he “regrets and condemns” the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in there.

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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, profoundly concerned at the request of DRC Government calling for the departure of Scott Campbell

Kinshasa, 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, is deeply disturbed by the request of the DRC government, calling for the departure of Scott Campbell, the chief of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and calls upon the government to reconsider its decision.

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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for decisive joint military actions to neutralize the ADF

Kinshasa 18 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.

Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, calls for “decisive joint military actions of FARDC and MONUSCO to start as soon as possible in order to relieve the population from the terror imposed by the ADF, once and for all”.

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Terrified by new rebel attacks, DR Congo residents leave town

10/19/2014 - 15:10 GMT

by Albert KAMBALE

Between heeding a message from officials to remain calm and another to flee looming attacks by Ugandan rebels, the choice for many residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni is clear.

"I left my home because there are leaflets saying that (the Ugandan rebels) are coming to kill people," said Solange Sekera, 27, who was leaving town with her three children.

Sekera had not actually seen the leaflets herself but she was not taking any chances.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review East and Central Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2014

Conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the ECA region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet, 30 september 2014

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745 IDPs have received NFIs on 19 September in Lukwangulo and Kabembé in Katanga Province

68,165 Central African refugees live in the DRC

750 Enhanced stoves have been distributed in Nyiragongo and Rutshuru (N-Kivu)

2,234 Protection incidents recorded in South-Kivu. 4,217 in South-Kivu.

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Head of UN mission condemns deadly rebel attacks in eastern territory

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16 October 2014 – The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo today condemned a recent upsurge in deadly attacks in the eastern territories linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.

“I strongly condemn the criminal attacks perpetrated during the night of 15 October in the Ngadi and Kadou localities near the town of Beni in the North-Kivu Province,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, Martin Kobler, said in a statement.

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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, commends Government and international actors’ efforts controlling the Ebola virus in the DRC

Kinshasa, 9 October 2014 – After a visit to Lokolia and Boende in Equateur province, Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, commends the great work done by the Government and international actors in controlling the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "I would like to congratulate the Congolese State, United Nations, Doctors Without Borders agents who are doing an extraordinary work in the field.

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Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, celebrates the vital role of smallholder farmers in the Congolese society

Goma, 16 October 2014 – On the occasion of the World Food Day, observed under the theme Family Farming, Martin Kobler underlines its crucial functions.

“Not only does family farming nourishes the world, but it also protects the planet. That is why I would like to acknowledge the extraordinary work done by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in supporting the Congolese population,” states the Head of MONUSCO before reminding us that “family farming is responsible for 70% of the world’s food production”.

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Democratic Republic of Congo - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sporadic violence continues to displace populations in eastern DRC, while increased security in some areas is supporting limited returns.

  • USAID/OFDA staff members assess humanitarian needs in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces.

  • An outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in July resulted in 70 cases and 42 deaths as of September 29.

  • The U.S. Government (USG) provides nearly $180.6 million in humanitarian assistance to DRC in FY 2014.

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Rebels kill 26 in DRC machete attack as UN chief told to leave

10/16/2014 - 15:46 GMT

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by Albert KAMBALE

Rebels killed 26 people with machetes in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the authorities in Kinshasa demanded the recall Thursday of the top UN human rights official in the country.

The massacre in the town of Beni calls into question claims by the authorities that Ugandan rebels of the ADF-NALU, who have been terrorising the east of Congo for the last two decades, were all but defeated.

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Ebola in DRC is from different source than WAfrica virus

10/15/2014 - 21:00 GMT

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year came from a different source than the epidemic raging across West Africa, scientists said Wednesday.

Even though the two deadly Ebola outbreaks have separate animal origins, the report in the New England Journal of Medicine nevertheless raises concern about the emergence of the often fatal hemorrhagic fever across the African continent.

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We Promised to Help the Women of Congo. Did We Deliver?

By Marcy Hersh

Next week, I will be traveling on mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), along with several RI colleagues, where we will be undertaking an in-depth assessment of the challenges that the humanitarian community is currently facing in keeping women and girls safe from gender-based violence (GBV).

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Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, condemns the killing of 9 people in Oicha, Eastern DRC

Kinshasa, 10 October 2014 – Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO, strongly condemns the killing of nine civilians by suspected members of the Ugandan rebel group, ADF, at Oicha, 30 km north of Beni, in eastern DRC.

“I am deeply shocked by this ignoble attack which shows the need to continue and reinforce the fight against armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The violence must end. MONUSCO will do everything in its power to help the Government neutralize ADF and all other rebel groups that terrorize the civilian population in the DRC,” said Martin Kobler.

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Report of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office on human rights violations committed by the Mouvement du 23 mars (M23) in North Kivu province April 2012 - November 2013

This report of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (M23) details the human rights violations committed by the Mouvement du 23 mars (M23) in North Kivu province, in particular in the areas of Nyiragongo and Rutshuru territories that it occupied from mid-April 2012 to 4 November 20131 .