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- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - Aug 2018
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2018
- DR Congo: Polio Outbreak - Feb 2018
- DR Congo: Floods - Jan 2018
- DR Congo: Landslide - Aug 2017
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2017
- West Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2016
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2015
Most read reports
- Vaccination, a central strategy in the fight against Ebola in DRC: A new outbreak in the North Kivu (northeast region)
- WHO calls for free and secure access in responding to Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (7 – 13 August 2018)
- Ebola vaccination begins in North Kivu
- Ebola outbreak in the DRC: UNICEF ships 90 tons of supplies to help contain spread of deadly disease
By Busani Bafana
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)
Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.
Samuel Totten, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas
Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say a group of men armed with guns and knives attacked the capital's main market, killing at least two people and wounding six police officers.
A police spokesman, Pierrot Mwanamputu, said unidentified assailants killed the administrator of Kinshasa's central market, as well as a police officer. He said six other officers were seriously injured in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital.
The spokesman said the situation is now under control and one of the attackers has been arrested.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:02 GMT
KINSHASA, July 12 (Reuters) - The United Nations has identified an additional 38 probable mass graves in Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region, it said on Wednesday, bringing the total to at least 80 since the outbreak of an insurrection last August.
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Fighting between rebels and government troops in East Congo most of all affects children and youths. They risk missing out on an education, warns World Vision.
More than 500 boys and girls have been recruited as child soldiers, according to the World Vision international child aid organization. Hundreds of cases of sexual abuse have been reported. More then 55,000 internally displaced persons have reached Tshikapa, the biggest city in the Kasai region. DW spoke to World Vision spokesman Ekkehard Forberg about the volatile situation.
By Aaron Ross
KINSHASA, July 6 (Reuters) - A Democratic Republic of Congo court convicted seven soldiers on Thursday for the murder of suspected militia members in the country's insurrection-ravaged Kasai region.
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Refugee Solidarity summit in Kampala brought in pledges of $358.6m (Ushs1.25 trillion), which although was praised by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General António Guterres as a good starting point, is still far less of the earlier intended goal by $1.6b (Ushs5 trillion).
The lukewarm response to Uganda’s solidarity with a refugee population of close to 1.3 million refugees out of which 950,000 are from South Sudan, is a reflection of the growing void in humanitarian aid funding for the South Sudan crisis.
More than 3,000 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and militia fighters
KINSHASA, June 26 (Reuters) - Congolese authorities have identified 10 more mass graves in a region where the military and militia fighters accuse each other of summary executions and burials.
The 10 new graves announced by the military on Monday bring to 52 the total number of such sites found in the Kasai region since the start of an insurrection last August by the Kamuina Nsapu militia which wants the withdrawal of military forces from the area.
In a country where abuse and sexual violence are rife, a local police chief is on a mission to safeguard children and women from harm
When Honorine Munyole visits a group of local women in the city of Bukavu, the police officer gets a welcome fit for a hero.
Read more on the Guardian
Several students sitting exams wounded in an explosion at a school
By Aaron Ross
KINSHASA, June 22 (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in heavy firefights between the army and militia fighters on Thursday, and several students sitting exams were wounded in an explosion at a school, local activists said.
By Marco Gualazzini
In eastern DRC, an outpost of hope provides medical, psychological and social help to marginalised victims.
North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - During the "Second Congo War", which began in 1998 in eastern DRC, sexual violence was used systematically as a weapon of war.
Uganda is the largest host country of refugees in Africa and the third largest in the world, after welcoming an average of 2 000 displaced men, women and children every day for the past 11 months.
The new statistics, released on Monday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, come less than a week before Uganda’s Solidarity Summit on Refugees – a conference aimed to mobilise international support for those affected by the South Sudanese Civil War.
Church officials have accused militia of killing hundreds of people, destroying four villages and attacking church property
KINSHASA, June 20 (Reuters) - Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence.
Church officials, citing their own sources in the remote territory bordering Angola, said the army had destroyed 10 villages as it sought to stamp out an insurrection.
By RAJAB MUKOMBOZI
ISINGIRO-Refugees in Nakivale Resettlement in Isingiro District are crying foul following a food crisis that has hit the camp.
The refugees depend on food given by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and harvests from land given to them to supplement food supplies.
But recently food rations by UNHCR were reduced and this has been worsened by persistent drought that has been experienced in the district.
The Nigerian Defense Ministry official described how the authorities had built ditches around schools and installed security lighting and set up roadblocks to keep Boko Haram fighters from invading schools and carrying off students and teachers. She explained how the government has moved thousands of students in the most heavily-affected areas to safer areas to allow them to finish their studies free from fear and attack.
Friday, 16 June 2017 14:26 GMT
UN has reported a surge this year in LRA abductions of girls and boys around the ages of 12 or 13
By Tom Miles
GENEVA, June 16 (Reuters) - The outlawed Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has stepped up attacks in Democratic Republic of Congo close to the South Sudanese border as a U.S.-supported regional task force pulls out, the U.N. humanitarian office said in a report on Friday.
Cases of polio have been reduced by more than 99.9% since 1988, but complete eradication is proving elusive
Ruth Maclean in Dakar
Two separate outbreaks of polio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have set back global efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.
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Author Antonio Cascais (cm)
June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labour. The UN estimates that 168 million children are being put to work globally. Many of them are in Africa, particularly in the Congo, where cobalt mining by children is rampant.
According to the UN children's agency, UNICEF, about 40,000 children work in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For a shift of up to 24 hours underground, most earn less than $2 (1.80 euro) a day - many receive half of that.
By Linda Flood
NEW YORK, Jun 7 2017 (IPS) - The United Nations is stepping up pressure on Congo to ascertain the reasons for the brutal murder of Swedish Zaida Catalán who was investigating human rights abuses in the country. “The latest news is that the inquiry will continue” says Carl Skau, Sweden’s ambassador to the UN.