Persistent fear of an upsurge of violence during the electoral period, has resulted in increased numbers of new arrivals crossing the border into neighbouring countries in the last one week. More than 10,000 refugees have crossed the border into neighbouring countries since the previous weekend.
In CAR, World Refugee Day was celebrated on 20 June. The slogan “Diverse but all united” (I GA NDE NDE, A HON KWE, I YEKE OKO in Sango) and visual identity (a multicolored hand) of this year’s celebration is representative of UNHCR’s efforts in the past months to promote social cohesion and peace in the Central African Republic and to restore the country’s social fabric.
Ahead of the planned elections in Burundi thousands have fled to neighboring countries.
The number of newly arrived Burundian refugees in DRC stands at 10,590 as of 25 June. Out of these 10,425 have undergone biometric registration.
WFP urgently requires USD 63 million for the next six months to meet the needs of existing operations that are responding to the Burundi crisis.
In Burundi, a recent inter-agency assessment recommended immediate food assistance for 100,000 people in Kirundo, Makamba Provinces and Bujumbura.
Tension is on the rise in Bujumbura in view of the first round of presidential elections, as rumors of attacks to destabilize the process circulate. In light of this, the number of Burundians leaving the country has increased. The police and military are still present in some parts of the city centre and suburbs. Criminality is on the rise and grenade attacks are recorded almost daily.
The objective of this overview is to support the development of national-level response and preparedness plans and facilitate joint priority actions in the areas of advocacy, resource mobilization, and coordinated engagement in cross border areas.
There has been a step change in the threat level in the region in 2015. There is an increasing concern about the confluence and compounding impacts of these threats, both at the national and the regional level. The outlook presented here will be updated on a bi-monthly basis.
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
A new partnership with Germany to strengthen collaboration in emergency response; beginning with the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years.
Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
Summary: 23 June 2015, Brussels - Today, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, signed the Central Africa Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for an amount of €350 million for the period 2014-2020.
The signature took place in the presence of Ministers and representatives of the Central African region, the Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the President of the Commission for Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).
· Burundi: Through an immediate response emergency operation (IR-EMOP), WFP is providing assistance for up to 25,000 displaced persons and vulnerable people for a period of three months in Bujumbura capital city, Bujumbura rural, Makamba, Cibitoke and Kirundo Provinces.
· Democratic Republic of Congo: WFP is providing dry rations to households hosting new arrivals in addition to providing high energy biscuits at the border entry points and transit centers, and dry rations to those settled in camps.
Katanga : L’évolution rapide de la rougeole fait craindre une urgence épidémique.
Maniema: Plus de 3 700 enfants de moins de cinq sont sortis des centres de traitement nutritionnel de Kailo et de Kabambare.
Nord-Kivu : Plus de 800 personnes rentrent chez elles après la fermeture de deux sites de déplacés autour de Goma.
Sud-Kivu: La protection des civils reste un véritable défi à relever au nord du Territoire de Shabunda.
Province Orientale : Transition hypothéquée ?
Following political and social unrest since the end of April and a failed coup d'état in May thousands of Burundians have fled to neighboring countries.
As of 15 June 10,590 newly arrived Burundian refugees are currently residing in South Kivu in DRC.
An assessment of the refugees and host families revealed that on average 91% of refugee households have a poor food consumption score.
On 11 June, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, stepped down as facilitator of the peace-talks between the Burundian government, opposition parties and civil society groups. Mr. Djinnit had attempted to assist in the resolution of the crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement to run for a third term. He encouraged all parties to continue their dialogue “with a view to create conditions conducive to holding free, fair, inclusive and peaceful elections”.
By Mary Stewart
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI – As World Refugee Day approaches, ADRA is responding to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Burundi amidst the upcoming presidential election and recent coup attempts.
Violence broke in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, and in Makamba province, on April 26 and has spread into towns across the country. The uproar began when President Pierre Nkurunziza's announced his bid to stand for a third consecutive term and security forces began cracking down on protests.
Global response in 2014
UNICEF and partners responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries in 2014. This includes large-scale Level 3 responses for the crises in the Central African Republic, Iraq, the Philippines, South Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
Some of the major highlights from 2014 include:
• UNICEF Country Offices responded to 294 humanitarian situations of varying scales in 98 countries. This includes the response to six Level 3 emergencies;
Rotary is releasing $40.3 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, three countries where the disease has never been stopped.
The funds will help build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to eradicate polio. Nigeria hasn’t seen a polio case since 24 July and the World Health Organization could remove it from the list of polio-endemic countries as soon as September if no cases are reported. Nigeria would have to go another two years without a case to be certified polio-free.
New five year education programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo will help girls and boys get the skills they need to succeed.nternational Development Secretary Justine Greening and First Lady Michelle Obama came together in London today to launch a global push to make sure girls in poor countries get the education they deserve.
posted on JUNE 15, 2015 by YVES WILLEMOT
Le département d’Aide humanitaire et de Protection civile de la Commission européenne (ECHO) a renouvelé son engagement aux côtés du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’Enfance (UNICEF) dans l’assistance aux personnes déplacées internes et aux familles d’accueil en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).
Cet engagement se matérialise par un appui financier de 4,8 millions d’euros au programme de Réponse Rapide aux Mouvements de Population (RRMP).