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27 Feb 2015 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 23:33 GMT

Thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees are threatened by malnutrition in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo where they have sought refuge, a medical charity said Thursday.

CAR is struggling to recover from the coup that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and triggered a wave of deadly sectarian violence between the country's Christian and Muslim populations.

26 Feb 2015 description

After the launch, by the Congolese armed forces (FARDC), of the operation for forcible disarmament of Rwandan fighters of the FDLR in Uvira territory, South Kivu, the United Nations, the National Commission for Refugees and their partners on 25 February 2015 embarked on an awareness campaign among communities in the Ruzizi Plain and the Midlands of Lemera to promote peaceful cohabitation between local residents and displaced people, including Rwandan refugees.

26 Feb 2015 description

Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 15:11 GMT | 651 words

Fearful villagers have been fleeing their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the army pursues Rwandan Hutu rebels in a new offensive, a resident said on Thursday

Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday.

24 Feb 2015 description

Bukavu, DR Congo | AFP | Tuesday 2/24/2015 - 15:12 GMT

The Democratic Republic of Congo's army on Tuesday launched an assault against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the volatile east of the country, military and official sources said.

"Operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began in South Kivu early this morning and will last as long as these people resist," an officer in the armed forces (FARDC) told AFP, asking not to be named.

23 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Since August 2014, UNICEF and its partners have put in place a totally new program for the reinsertion of former children associated with armed forces or groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Capoeira.

The practice of this Afro-Brazilian martial art, « a dance of peace », has produced promising results amongst the demobilised children. Report from Goma at the transit and orientation centre.

21 Feb 2015 description

Kiwanja, DR Congo | AFP | Saturday 2/21/2015 - 05:36 GMT

by Stéphanie AGLIETTI

Doubts linger over a long-announced military offensive against Rwandan rebels based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but local people and relief workers are preparing for reprisal raids on civilians.

The rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) already "confiscate part of our harvest, then make us pay money to get to our fields," farmer Jean Bosco Hitimana, 35, said beside his cassava crop.

20 Feb 2015 description

The EU Children of Peace initiative funds humanitarian projects for children in conflict regions, providing them with access to schools where they can learn in a safe environment. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a project supported by the EU Children of Peace initiative and implemented by the NGO AVSI (Association of Volunteers in International Service) provides primary education and pre-school access to thousands of conflict-affected children.

Marta Alberici, Communication Manger and Distance Support Project Manager, AVSI

20 Feb 2015 description
report Small Arms Survey

Describes events through 12 February 2015

20 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

posted on FEBRUARY 18, 2015 by RACHEL NDAYA

In the DRC, the problems of HIV transmission are due in part to a lack of emotional maturity in youth, which sometimes exposes them to unplanned relations. A simple curiosity and the desire to imitate the behavior of others are factors that can determine the sexual behaviors of young people.

18 Feb 2015 description

South Kivu, 16 February 2015 – After being rehabilitated by MONUSCO/South Kivu, the the Luzira bridge in Kalehe territory was officially handed over to the provincial government on 16 February 2015.

« All of us were appalled by the natural disaster which claimed numerous lives and endangered many others, “said Mme Christine Kapalata, acting Head of MONUSCO office in South Kivu, at the bridge handover ceremony.

18 Feb 2015 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 2/18/2015 - 16:45 GMT |

Pygmy militia attacks against Bantu villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week claimed the lives of 27 people, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The three attacks, around the town of Manono in the southeastern province of Katanga, occurred between February 9 and 15, Felix-Prosper Basse, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo, told a press conference.

17 Feb 2015 description

Kashunga, 16 February 2015 – Moambi's white blouse gleams bright in the morning sun of Kashuga. She beams with pride in her new school uniform – she gets to attend high school after two years of staying at home.

Maombi is one of the more than 2.7 million internally displaced persons living in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She and her family fled their homes due to attacks from one of the countless armed groups operating in the region. Having left all behind, Maombi's family had very little resources to start over.

16 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

For the second number of “Good Practices Guide” 2015, the civil registration services in Kinshasa thanks to UNICEF improves significantly the rates of birth registration in Kinshasa.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, birth registration is one of the major child protection issues:

Despite its mandatory nature, it is estimated that only a Congolese child in four (25%) is registered within the civil registry (data of the 2013 demographic and health survey).

15 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

KINSHASA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has renounced U.N. support for a military campaign against Rwandan Hutu rebels and criticised international interference in national affairs, the government spokesman said on Sunday.

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14 Feb 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Saturday 2/14/2015 - 17:24 GMT

The United Nations is pulling its support for a Democratic Republic of Congo military operation against rebels after Kinshasa missed a deadline to sack two generals, a UN official said Saturday.

The UN's 20,000-strong MONUSCO force had been working with Congo's army on a plan to drive out the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels from the east of the country.

14 Feb 2015 description

Kinshasa, 12 February 2015 - “Thousands of children continue to be recruited by armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Child recruitment jeopardizes the future of these children and deprives the DRC of their vigour and strength”, stated Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, on the occasion of the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers.

13 Feb 2015 description
report Women Under Siege

By Lauren Wolfe/Director — February 13, 2015

Twenty-five years of breathing in dust has led Mireille Mbale to drink milk when she can afford it; it is what she believes will guard her against lung disease. She makes less than $5 a day. Years of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s brash sun have dried her exposed skin. Her shirts have rips from wear and her legs are powdered gray with dried mud. She wears flip-flops.