DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 1 - 30 April 2014
Partnership agreements have been renewed to launch operations of RRMP 2014 as of May 1. However, based on both likely and secured funding a gap of over $12 million remains to guarantee program operations for the next 12 months (through end April 2015).
Paul Sadala, alias "Morgan", head of the militia group Mai-Mai Simba, surrendered to the local authorities with 42 of his militiamen. He died on April 14th during his transfer by the Congolese army to Bunia (Province Orientale). The circumstances of his death are being investigated. The event triggered preventive displacement of about 8,000 people fearing renewed military activity from zones controlled by Morgan’s militia (Bandegaido, Molokai and Salate) towards the locality of Nia Nia. An RRMP evaluation team was deployed to the area on 20 April.
On April 30th the armed group APCLS launched an attack against 3 FARDC positions in the village of Nyabiondo in the northwest of Masisi (North Kivu). The civilian population (5000 to 5500 people) has displaced to seek security around the MONUSCO compound and at the local health center .
The end of the rainy season saw heavy rains and flooding in Katanga (particularly in Bukama and Kalemie and to a lesser extent Mitwaba). In Bukama an intercluster assessment mission reported that 14,600 people in 6 health areas affected, with 2 children dead. UNICEF is supporting the Bukama health zone through the provision of 4 malaria kits to assist 1,700 people, 2 measles kits for 200 cases, and 2 primary health kits for 1,700 people. The nutritional situation was already worrying before the flooding (MAS 4.9% - January 2013). The current cholera outbreak combined with flooding and the lack of nutritional services in the territory are a great concern.