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31 Dec 2010 description

Protracted conflicts

Can you get used to living with war? Probably, in the same way that you can somehow get used to living with physical pain, with constant stress, with disturbing noises. You get used to it, you bear with it in silence, because you have no other choice. You don't know of any alternative.

One thing is for sure: the surrounding world can "get used" to protracted conflict. The international community, the media, the aid organisations - they can all turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to suffering that does not have any news value.

31 Dec 2010 description


Climate change represents one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet today. In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries, climate change is a major threat to sustainable development and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The combined effects of climate change, increased global population and income growth, among others, threaten to affect food and water resources that are critical for livelihoods in SSA.

31 Dec 2010 description

Repatriation from the DRC (refugees)

Repatriation to the DRC (Congolese nationals) - by country of asylum

Repatriation to the DRC (Congolese nationals) - by Province of return

31 Dec 2010 description

UNHCR DRC - General


Together with the DRC Government authorities, in particular the National Commission for Refugees (CNR), UNHCR manages and provides humanitarian assistance and protection to refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons. Within the collaborative IDP cluster approach, support is delivered jointly with MONUC, WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, UNDP, UNFPA, WHO, and FAO, among other agencies and NGOs. UNHCR leads the Protection cluster and with UNDP co-leads the Reintegration and Community Recovery cluster.

31 Dec 2010 description


- There have been 874 cases globally this year (794 type 1 and 80 type 3), compared with 1,503 cases at this time last year (464 type 1 and 1,039 type 3).

- 20 countries have reported cases in 2010, compared with 23 at this time last year.

31 Dec 2010 description

UNHCR operational highlights

- UNHCR and Nord-Kivu's provincial government led a joint operation for the voluntary return of IDPs living in camps. In 2010, approximately 36,065 IDPs returned to their zones of origin or of choice.

31 Dec 2010 description

Nouvelles en bref

- Le HCR et le gouvernement provincial du Nord-Kivu ont conduit conjointement des opérations de retour volontaire des déplacés internes vivant dans les camps. En 2010, ce sont environ 36.065 déplacés internes qui sont ainsi rentrés dans leurs zones d'origine ou de choix.

31 Dec 2010 description

JOHANNESBURG, 31 December 2010 (IRIN) - The crises in Zimbabwe and Madagascar were a major focus of IRIN's Southern Africa coverage, though riots over food and fuel prices in early September 2010 in Mozambique managed to grab the headlines for a while. [ http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=90618 ]

Civil rights activists warned of a possible surge of violence if elections - hinted at by President Robert Mugabe - go ahead in 2011.

30 Dec 2010 description



  • Land and property are often central issues in the build up to conflict, in the strategies pursued by combatants and in post-conflict recovery

  • Mine action organisations are not neutral when it comes to land rights. Releasing land which was previously contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) and making it accessible changes its status. This inevitably involves land rights issues, even if the intent is to avoid them.

30 Dec 2010 description

Luanda - The minister of Energy and Water, Emanuela Vieira Lopes, recognised on Thursday in Luanda, that the "Water for All" programme recorded some improvements in 2010, despite a few delays of 17 per cent of the outlined programme.

The minister said so during the yearend greetings ceremony of the Ministry of Energy and Water.

According to him, these improvements were more recorded in the provinces of Cabinda, Huíla and Cunene.

She said that the sector also experienced some difficulties regarding the implementation of project in 2010, though some problems have …

30 Dec 2010 description

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG, 30 December 2010 (IRIN) - The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) staffed jointly by officials from Zambia and Zimbabwe, says one of the two major dams on the river between the two countries will open its flood gates in early 2011, meaning that communities may have to be relocated.

"ZRA has issued the alert, but they have not yet informed us of the dates on when they will open the gates," said Patrick Kangwa, head of operations at Zambia's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

The ZRA manages Kariba Dam situated between northwestern Zimbabwe and …

29 Dec 2010 description

(New York / Genève / Kinshasa: 29 décembre 2010): Les expulsions de ressortissants de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) de l'Angola ont augmenté depuis le 11 décembre avec l'arrivée, en une semaine, de 1 355 personnes dans les Provinces du Kasaï Occidental et du Bas-Congo.

29 Dec 2010 description

(New York/Geneva/Kinshasa, 29 December 2010): Expulsions of DRC nationals from neighbouring Angola have increased since 11 December with 1,355 people arriving in Bas-Congo and Kasai Provinces in one week.

29 Dec 2010 description
report UN News Service

29 décembre 2010 - Les expulsions de ressortissants de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) par l'Angola ont augmenté depuis le 11 décembre, avec l'arrivée en une semaine de 1.355 personnes dans les provinces du Bas-Congo et du Kasaï, a indiqué mercredi le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA).

29 Dec 2010 description
report Caritas

Luiza, le 29 décembre 2010 (caritasdev.cd) : Caritas Congo Asbl et ses Structures diocésaines de Luiza, Luebo et Popokabaka poursuivent l'aide humanitaire d'urgence aux personnes refoulées de l'Angola.

La distribution s'est achevée mardi 28 décembre 2010 à Luiza-Cité (Province du Kasaï Occidental).

27 Dec 2010 description

Luanda - The Health Ministry (MINSA) will as from 2011 involve the 164 district administrators in the health services, in order to bring them closer to the populations and enable them to know which resources to use to improve medical assistance.

This was announced by incumbent minister, José Van-Dúnem, who mentioned that one of its sector's priorities for next year is to expand medical services to districts, targeting mainly vaccination of pregnant women and children.

To the minister, the destruction of the social fabric and the sanitary network, precarious housing condition, …

23 Dec 2010 description

Full Report

The Information Office of the State Council, or China's Cabinet, published a white paper on China-Africa economic and trade cooperation on Thursday.

23 Dec 2010 description

Sumbe - At least one person was killed and eight houses were destroyed by the heavy rains which hit Sumbe city, coastal Kwanza Sul province, in the last 24 hours.

This was said to Angop on Thursday by the local administrator, Sebasti=E3o Daniel Neto.

According to him, the seven-year old child was killed by the collapse of a house.

The rains affected mostly the wards of Bumba, Chingo, Salinas and Kissala.