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14 Dec 2017 description

Last week the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared the country worst affected by conflict displacement in the world. The crisis is set to worsen ahead of planned elections in 2018. Here are five things you need to know about Africa’s looming mega-crisis.

#1. Top of the charts

DR Congo has been declared the worst affected by displacement in the world by the global analysts, IDMC. A surge in violence that started in 2016 has forced over 1.7 million people to flee their homes this year alone; that’s over 5,500 people per day.

14 Dec 2017 description

Life in prison for men who raped dozens of little girls in Congo

In an extraordinary and landmark ruling, 11 Congolese militia members were convicted today of crimes against humanity for murder and the rape of 37 young children. The verdict represents a stunning victory for the victims, their families, their community of Kavumu, where the crimes occurred, for the wide array of organizations that mobilized around them, and also for justice in the DRC.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Caritas

Gbadolite, le 13 décembre 2017 (caritasdev.cd) : La conjoncture économique difficile et la solidarité africaine poussent souvent des parents à vivre dans une même parcelle avec leurs enfants et petits-fils. C’est ce qui est arrivé à Madame Ange-Marie NYAKONYADE. Commerçante de son état, cette quinquagénaire vivait paisiblement avec son mari, un pêcheur septuagénaire, et leurs enfants, neveux et petits-fils, dans la localité MUNE, Groupement Somba, en République Centrafricaine (RCA). Leur « petite » famille comptait ainsi 35 personnes. Tous Centrafricains.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Caritas

Kenge, le 12 décembre 2017 (caritasdev.cd) : A l’ occasion de la Journée Mondiale de la toilette, les fidèles de la paroisse de Mwense Anuarite à Kenge, dans la Province de Kwango en RDC, ont été sensibilisés sur l’importance de l'utilisation de la toilette hygiénique. Dans un entretien accordé à caritasdev.cd mercredi 29 novembre 2017, la Sœur Delphine Nkufi, Chargée de projet à la Caritas Kenge, a parlé de cette activité, visant l’amélioration de l’assainissement et du bien-être de la population.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Oxfam

Millions of people facing severe hunger and acute malnutrition in one of the worst hit areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo risk having life-saving aid cut if donors do not plug a hole in the aid budget, Oxfam warned today.

Tens of thousands of people have already had their food rations cut and Oxfam’s aid work in Kasai, which aims to help 180,000 people, may have to close when funding runs out in March.

12 Dec 2017 description

Les manœuvres dilatoires du président Kabila paralysent la transition politique de la République démocratique du Congo alors que les dissensions internes et la répression gouvernementale affaiblissent l’opposition. Face à une crise de plus en plus grave, les acteurs occidentaux et africains doivent coordonner leur approche, soutenir les efforts déployés en vue de mener des élections démocratiques et encourager l’ouverture de l’espace politique.

12 Dec 2017 description

President Kabila’s delaying tactics are holding hostage DR Congo’s political transition, while internal strife and government repression are weakening the opposition. Western and African actors need to coordinate their approach to the deepening crisis, support the advancement of democratic elections and encourage the opening of political space.

11 Dec 2017 description

The parents of a group of little Congolese girls who were savagely raped during a three-year reign of terror in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) took the stand today in a landmark trial, where Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has provided technical support in gathering forensic evdience.

08 Dec 2017 description
report Caritas

Bafwasende, le 08 décembre 2017 (caritasdev.cd) : Plusieurs villages et champs détruits et abandonnés ; des Aires de santé vidées de leur personnel, pillées ou détruites ; la Cité vidée de sa population, dont une partie est dans la forêt et une autre repartie dans des villages tout au long de la route de sortie vers Kisangani et Bafwasende, tel est le triste tableau que présente la Cité d’Opienge, un poste d’encadrement d’environ 66.121 habitants du Territoire de Bafwasende, en Province de la Tshopo.

08 Dec 2017 description
report Caritas

Bukavu, le 07 décembre 2017 (caritasdev.cd) : une série de tremblement de terre a secoué la province du Sud-Kivu au courant de la semaine du 20 au 25 Novembre 2017. L’épicentre serait situé dans le territoire de Walungu. Cependant jusqu’à la rédaction de cette alerte, il n’y a pas encore eu de précision sur la magnitude.

07 Dec 2017 description

The month was marked by major clashes between a new Mai-Mai coalition and the national army (FARDC) in South Kivu, as well as by a rise in attacks by the ADF and their allies in the northern edge of North Kivu. In general, major FARDC operations have been largely suspended ; it is armed groups that have taken the initiative, by attacking the FARDC or by fighting among each other.

07 Dec 2017 description

The mesh off conflicts in the eastern Congo has witnessed a slow deterioration over the past year. Internal displacement has continued apace, reaching 4,1 million people, more than in Syria and one of the highest levels ever recorded since the beginning of the various Congolese conflicts in 1993, with 550,000 displaced in the past three months alone. At the same time, armed groups have continued to splinter and proliferate. While none of that sounds novel to observers of the eastern Congo, a couple of new trends have emerged since our last mapping in 2015.

07 Dec 2017 description

Executive summary

This report explores the political economy of the road in the provinces of North and South Kivu. Its main finding is that control over traffic is a key stake in the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The road is furthermore one of the main sources of illicit fnancing of various state and non-state armed actors, which translates into the omnipresence of roadblocks along them.

07 Dec 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Plus de 500 personnes tuées et plus de 1000 autres enlevées dans les provinces du Kivu au cours des 6 derniers mois

07 Dec 2017 description
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DR Congo: New ‘Kivu Security Tracker’ Maps Eastern Violence

(Goma) – The new Kivu Security Tracker will map violence by armed groups and Congolese security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern Kivu provinces, Human Rights Watch and the New York University-based Congo Research Group said today. The joint project will monitor the worst violence in North and South Kivu provinces through maps, graphs, and analytical reports.

06 Dec 2017 description

Cholera has disappeared from industrialized countries for decades. Yet simple to prevent, treat and eliminate, “dirty hands disease” affects 3 to 4 million people and kills nearly 100,000 people each year because they lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

06 Dec 2017 description

Nowhere have more people been forced to flee in the first six months of this year than in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), according to a major report released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

“It’s a mega crisis. The scale of people fleeing violence is off the charts, outpacing Syria, Yemen and Iraq,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Country Director in DRC, Ulrika Blom.

05 Dec 2017 description

15,000 people displaced every day inside African countries, according to new IDMC report

IDMC's director calls on the development sector to join humanitarians in preventing and reducing internal displacement and finding long-term solutions for the millions of people affected

As the world focuses its attention on preventing irregular migration and protecting refugees coming out of Africa, the displacement that happens behind its own borders persists at an alarming rate.

05 Dec 2017 description
report Caritas

Gbadolite, le 05 décembre 2017 (caritasdev.cd) : Dans le cadre de la Journée Diocésaine de la Caritas qui se célèbre chaque premier dimanche de l’Avent, et en partenariat avec le Haut-Commissariat pour les Réfugiés de l'ONU (UNHCR) et la Commission Nationale pour les Réfugiés (CNR), la Caritas-Développement Molegbe a organisé une activité de distribution des habits aux 650 ménages de Réfugiés centrafricains et aux Familles d’Accueil dans le Territoire de MOBAYI-MBONGO, en Province du Nord-Ubangi.