The growing political tensions in Burundi has led thousands of Burundians to flee to neighbouring DRC.
As of 18 May there were 9,300 refugees in Eastern DRC.
The majority of the refugees are women (56%) and children (58%). They are for now mostly residing with host families.
As of 18 May 2015, around 2,800 refugees have received food assistance from WFP in 11 different locations; distribution are ongoing.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have made history today by voting in favour of a strong and binding law to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals, said Amnesty International and Global Witness.
Today’s vote determines the position with which the European Parliament (EP) enters into negotiations with Member States and Commission to find an agreement on the law.
EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold for manufacturing consumer goods need to be certified by the EU to ensure that they do not fuel conflicts and human rights abuses in conflict areas, say MEPs in their position on a draft law adopted on Wednesday by 402 votes to 118, with 171 abstentions.
Parliament voted by 400 votes to 285, with 7 abstentions, to overturn the Commission's proposal as well as the one adopted by the international trade committee and requested mandatory compliance for "all Union importers" sourcing in conflict areas.
Days before a landmark vote on European conflict minerals regulation, rights groups call on politicians to vote for binding legislation requiring European companies to ensure their mineral purchases do not fund conflict or human rights abuses overseas.
Open Letter to Members of the European Parliament
Representatives of the Congolese and German Governments have formally opened an ammunition depot that will ensure the safe storage of ammunition by Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) near the city of Bukavu.
As the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to suffer from armed violence and conflict, the secure storage of ammunition has become a priority for the Congolese Government.
Enough food—and a sense of trust
By Susan Kim*
May 14, 2015—In the rural communities surrounding Kamina, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), about 500 people have been able to pull themselves out of malnutrition by working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Foods Resource Bank (FRB) to improve their access to nutritious food and a balanced diet.
The training of people involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS is very important as it is sustainable. This is the reason why MONUSCO HIV/AIDS Unit is expanding its innovative training programme to both the grassroots and public sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
In spite of numerous efforts made to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health (MDG 4 and 5), and despite the existence a Health Development Plan 2011-2015, which sets out the objective of accelerating the achievement of the MDGs, the DRC remains the third largest contributor to infant mortality of children under 5 years in the world. To make a difference, swift and effective action must be taken.
Bukavu, DRC – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the region of Shabunda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have provided medical care for 127 women who reported being sexually abused after an attack by dozens of armed men in the town of Kikamba (South Kivu province).
By Chagmion Antoine/Guest Blogger
When Congolese President Joseph Kabila tapped 49-year-old Jeanine Mabunda Lioko, a finance executive and a member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to be his special representative on sexualized violence in July 2014, UN representatives hailed the appointment as a “new dawn” in the fight to end rape and child recruitment in the country’s 20-year conflict.
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Goma, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 5/14/2015 - 09:47 GMT
Twenty-three people have been killed in two new massacres blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restless east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official told AFP on Thursday.
The killings are the latest blamed on the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who are accused of murdering more than 300 people in seven months of massacres in and around the major trading hub of Beni in DR Congo's North Kivu province.
Journaliste En Danger (JED) has called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the security and information services that report to it, to loosen the noose around the media and independent journalists currently suffering under different political, economic and judicial pressures. JED asks that Congolese authorities re-open the dozen or so media outlets currently closed, and declare a moratorium on the arrest of journalists for doing their work.
DR Congo: ADF rebel group responsible for grave international humanitarian law violations, says UN report
KINSHASA/GENEVA, 13 May 2015: A UN report published Wednesday reveals that grave violations of international humanitarian law were committed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group from Uganda, in Beni territory, North Kivu province, over a three-month period at the end of 2014. These violations, which were both systematic and extremely brutal, may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the report says.
(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Center Ngangi in the eastern city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been providing social development, medical and educational services to poor youth and their families since 1988. Currently, there are more than 4,600 people accessing the center’s services.
Total LRA attacks and abductions increased in 2014, reversing years of decline
Trends in LRA violence varied dramatically at the local level
The LRA’s command structure is in upheaval
The LRA’s fighting capacity is dropping (slowly)
The LRA is losing its most experienced women and children captives
The LRA is using collaborators to traffic illicit resources
The LRA and Seleka have a complicated relationship
The LRA is not the only armed group attacking civilians
Goma, DR Congo | 12:42 GMT
Five people were killed in a new attack blamed on Ugandan rebels near Beni in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday.
More than 300 people, most whom have been hacked to death, have been killed during seven months of massacres in the troubled North Kivu province by Muslim rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Hundreds of Beni residents marched through the streets of the trading town of some half a million people on Tuesday, accusing the authorities of doing nothing to protect the local population.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Mamadou Diallo of Guinea as the Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Netherlands Rejected Asylum Claim Over Safety Fears
(Brussels, May 11, 2015) Mathieu Ngudjolo, the first defendant to be acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was deported to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 11, 2015, his lawyers said. Following his acquittal by the ICC, Ngudjolo said he feared for his safety if returned to Congo. However, Netherlands immigration authorities did not find grounds to grant his asylum claim.
2 million children are severely malnourished in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
UNICEF and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) – have agreed to pursue their joint efforts to fight malnutrition among children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under a 3-million agreement signed earlier this month, a particular focus will be given to children aged 6 to 59 months living in areas confronted with a malnutrition exceeding emergency levels.