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10 Feb 2016 description

Haile Menkerios, head of the United Nations (UN) office to the African Union (AU), speaks to the PSC Report about the ‘division of labour’ between the UN and the AU when it comes to peacekeeping.

He also addresses the issue of UN funding for AU peacekeeping missions and whether the two institutions see eye to eye on the issues of human rights and robust peace enforcement.

Who is responsible for peace and security and fighting terrorism in Africa, the UN or the AU?

08 Feb 2016 description

GENEVA (8 February 2016) - We are alarmed by reports of escalating inter-communal violence in the Lubero and Walikale territories, North Kivu province, with at least 21 people killed, 40 wounded and 70 houses burned down over the week-end. We have also received reports of massive displacement of civilians, looting, abductions and of at least three rapes during the past few days.

08 Feb 2016 description

Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 20:08 GMT

At least 15 people have been killed in clashes between armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks, local authorities said Monday.

"There have been clashes in the village of Mukeberwa" in North Kivu province on Sunday, Bokele Joy, the administrator of Lubero Territory where the fighting took place, told AFP.

08 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

RDC : Maintien de l’alerte dans les provinces du Haut-Lomami (Bukama, Kinkondja), le Lualaba (Lubudi) et le Haut-Katanga (Kikula, Likasi et Katuba).

06 Feb 2016 description
map UNOSAT

Precipitation Accumulation Analysis with GPM Derived Data (IMERG Real Time) Aquired from 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2015

05 Feb 2016 description

Kinshasa, 2nd February 2016 - In response to press queries about the resumption of military cooperation between MONUSCO and the FARDC, the Mission would like to provide the following clarifications:

05 Feb 2016 description
map UNOSAT

Precipitation Accumulation Analysis with GPM Derived Data (IMERG Real Time) Aquired from 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2015

04 Feb 2016 description

The first week of operations in January 2016 started out well for Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where we are undertaking survey and clearance operations of areas contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO).

In Kabalo territory, NPA operations resulted in the cancellation of two suspected hazardous areas (SHAs) through non-technical survey, in addition to the identification of two artisanal aircraft bombs with an explosive weight of 305kg in Nkende village.

04 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Insecurity generates displacement, significant humanitarian needs

  • 2016 HRP for DRC calls for $690 million in humanitarian assistance

  • USAID provides additional $25 million in emergency food assistance and supports humanitarian assessments

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Feb 2016 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 2/3/2016 - 18:09 GMT

by Marthe BOSUANDOLE

Notorious Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was back in the dock Wednesday for crimes against humanity after completing a first 12-year sentence handed down by the International Criminal Court.

Smiling and relaxed, the former general nicknamed Simba the lion due to his alleged ferocity, entered the military court in uniform, warmly greeting senior officers before the trial began.

03 Feb 2016 description

(Kinshasa, 2 February 2016): The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its humanitarian partners today appealed for USD 690 million aimed at providing life-saving aid to some 7.5 million people, the vast majority of which live in eastern DRC where access to health services, food and water is very limited.

03 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Germain Katanga Given Little Time to Outline Defense, List Witnesses

(Kinshasa, February 3, 2016) – A Democratic Republic of Congo military court on January 25, 2016, ordered an 

02 Feb 2016 description

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Representatives of signatory states of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 January 2016, in the margins of the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council. The United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) were represented at the meeting, in their capacity as guarantors of the Framework.

02 Feb 2016 description

More than six years ago, Elysee Tshokolo became pregnant with twins. While many women in the Democratic Republic of Congo have their babies at home, Elysee knew that giving birth to twins presented the possibly of complications and so she chose to go to a health center. However, as the birth was underway, it become clear to Elysee that the midwife was not properly trained.

“The babies did not come out immediately, so the midwife started pulling out the children,” says Elysee. “One of the babies did not survive the delivery. And my Theresia was left with a disability.”

02 Feb 2016 description

by Christina Parsons

The first container of 2016 destined for HEAL Africa’s Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo is being packed at Health Partners International of Canada’s distribution centre.

Along with the usual contents of medical and surgical supplies, HPIC will be providing four skids of essential medicines.

01 Feb 2016 description

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins Journalist in Danger (JED) in condemning the closure of two TV channels in Haut-Katanga province for alleged non-payment of taxes. Both TV channels are owned by former Katanga governor Moïse Katumbi, who used to support President Joseph Kabila but resigned from the ruling party in September 2015.

RSF and JED urge the authorities not to let political considerations obstruct freedom of information in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Please find JED’s press release below.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

In 2015, security and intelligence officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo clamped down on activists and political opponents who opposed political maneuvers to allow President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond his constitutionally mandated two-term limit, due to end in December 2016. Security forces shot peaceful demonstrators, jailed activists and political party leaders, and shut down media outlets, as the government increasingly resorted to violent acts of repression.

31 Jan 2016 description
report Radio Okapi

Une cinquantaine de cas de choléra dont un décès ont été enregistrés, depuis deux semaines, dans la zone de santé de Kipamba, à environ 255 km de Kamina, chef-lieu de la province du Haut-Lomami.

Le médecin-chef de cette zone de santé, docteur Willy Mulobe, a livré ces statistiques vendredi 29 janvier.

Il a également assuré avoir réceptionné des intrants pour la prise en charge des malades mais le problème se pose dans l’acheminement de ces matériels dans les aires de santé éloignés :

30 Jan 2016 description

Beni, on 28 January 2016 – MONUSCO Quick Impact Projects (Quips) delegation travelled to Eringeti hospital, in the territory of Beni, to assess the progress made on the reconstruction of the hospital and ensure that the population of Eringeti will soon be able to visit their hospital.