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US restricts military assistance to some states that recruit and use children

The US government is continuing to exercise pressure through the application of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) by granting partial waivers to some states in order to end their unlawful recruitment and use of children in conflict. In its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, the US Department of State listed nine states, namely the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Chad, this year, does not figure in the list compiled by the US State Department.

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Surrendered Fighters Starve in Camp

Over 100 demobilized combatants, their wives and children have died from starvation and disease after officials failed to provide adequate food and health care.

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664 community police officers trained and deployed in Bukavu town

Bukavu, 29 September 2014 – The Congolese National Police (PNC) in South Kivu, in partnership with the United Nations Police (UNPOL) component of MONUSCO, presented certificates to 183 police officers as they completed their community policing training.

It is with the primary aim of reinforcing the professional and operational capacities of PNC personnel to enable them to respond to the population’s security needs that these 183 PNC officers, including 11 women, were trained for six months on the concept of community policing.

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Update on the ebola virus disease in DRC, No.13, 29 September 2014–7pm [EN/FR]

Coordination/ Keys developments

    • 8 health personnel h ave died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic .
  • On 28 Sept ember, the total number of cases i s(see table above for details) of which2 deaths , an overall lethality rate of around 60%. The latest confirmed case w as on 24 September.

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In Ituri, MONUSCO and District Authorities Suspend Island of Stability Program in Walendu-Bindi

Geti, 24 September 2014 - In Ituri, Oriental Province, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the District’s Commissioner have temporarily suspended the Island of Stability program in the Geti area located in the community of Walendu-Bindi, due to renewed activity by the FRPI armed group led by Cobra Matata.

“Island of Stability” refers to a set of activities meant to assist the Government in restoring and consolidation State authority in areas freed of armed groups, thus paving the way for development initiatives.

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Some 2,000 protest DR Congo leader's bid to extend rule

09/27/2014 15:57 GMT

KINSHASA, September 27, 2014 (AFP) - More than 2,000 people took to the streets of Kinshasa on Saturday to protest a bid by President Joseph Kabila to modify the constitution to be able to stay in power beyond his two-term limit.

Responding to a call by several opposition parties, the marchers -- mostly young men -- shouted "Kabila Must Go" as they headed towards a stadium in the north of the DR Congo capital.

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In Congo, trapped in violence and forgotten

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Washington Post

In a village emblematic of a long and brutal conflict: "We no longer know if even God can end this war."

KIVUYE, Congo — On the first market day after the militia retreated, as the midday sun broke through the mist, hundreds of villagers gathered on a grassy hillside.

Vendors sold fresh cabbage, corn and potatoes without fear of being robbed. Women bought pink dresses and orange cloth without fear of being raped. Children kicked a tattered ball made of twine without fear of being dragged away and forced to carry a gun.

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Concept of Operations - 25 September 2014

Background

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a high-risk country for Ebola with an outbreak identified on 26 August 2014. 68 cases have been confirmed, out of which 41 were fatal. All cases have been localized in Boende territory, Equateur province.

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Security Sector Reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (EUSEC RD Congo) extended

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European Union

Summary: 25 September 2014, Brussels - The Council of the European Union today extended the mandate of the EU mission to provide advice and assistance for Security Sector Reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (EUSEC RD Congo) until 30 June 2015.

This decision extends the transition period, during which the mission will have a reduced staff and will focus on preparing the transfer of most of its duties to a major programme to support defence reform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the 11th European Development Fund.

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A new hope for HIV positive pregnant women in DRC

About a year ago, I remember meeting UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ms. Barbara Bentein, who had interrupted her annual leave to meet me. The purpose of the meeting was to explore how UNICEF could support DRC to embark on the provision of life long AntiRetroviral (ARV) treatment to HIV positive pregnant women – Option B+ – as part of the Preventing Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program.

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Women Helping Women to Overcome Trauma from Violence in Eastern Congo

Honorine and Marie Claire wake up at 5 am to walk two and three hours respectively to arrive to work on time at the Bugobe health center. The two women come from different backgrounds and have different specialties and responsibilities. When not providing CPT, Honorine is the head nurse in charge of the maternity unit, where she has worked for three years, and Marie Claire has been working as a nutritionist for four years. Though their day-to-day jobs differ, Marie Claire and Honorine share a passion for CPT.

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Agriculture Training in DR Congo

By Julia Kayser Frisbie*

September 22, 2014—Beatrice Monga is a mother of seven who lives in Kamina, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). At this time last year, her situation was desperate, but through her hard work and dedication, with support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), she and her family are now thriving and helping others to do the same.

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 31 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

44 Identified unaccompanied minors were assisted by UNHCR in Kinshasa

2,669 Central African refugees entered the DRC during this reporting period

4,226 Protection incidents recorded in North-Kivu. 1,939 in South-Kivu.

638 Former Angolan Refugees repatriated

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Democratic Republic of Congo: “classic” Ebola in a country experiencing its seventh outbreak

Ebola at 6 months

Immediately after the first case of Ebola virus disease in Guinea was announced, on 23 March, WHO activated its network of specialized biosafety level 4 laboratories that are equipped and staffed to safely work with the world’s most hazardous pathogens. The Ebola virus is among them. Those labs would play a key role in characterizing and differentiating the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC.

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Ban says recommitment to peace framework critical to addressing root cause of conflict

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UN News Service

22 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today said that addressing the root causes of the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region requires a recommitment to all national and regional commitments under the agreed-to peace Framework.

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Regional Summary of 2014 SADC National Vulnerability Assessment Results (as of 22 September 2014)

The regional summary of the 2014 national vulnerability assessment results for Southern Africa finds that the regional food insecure population has decreased by 25 per cent compared to last year.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No.12, 21 September 2014 [EN/FR]

Coordination/ Keys developments

  • *Four suspected cases were negative after laboratory tests on two different samples and therefore discharged and declared "non-case", bringing down to 68 the total number of cases on 18 September (see table above for details ) of which 41 deaths; an overall lethality rate of slightly over 60%.

  • **8 health personnel have died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic.

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