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31 Dec 2004 description

he International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

31 Dec 2004 description

Africa Initiative Program: Insecurity Persists in Ituri end 2004

Overview

The current fighting in North Kivu is a stark reminder that the setting up of the Transitional National Government (TNG) in the capital of Kinshasa in June 2003 has still done little to end the conflict in the Eastern part of DRC. Politicians in Kinshasa have pledged their support to political process while continuing to support military solutions to the unresolved problems in both the Kivus and Ituri. It is unlikely that the planned national elections will resolve this crisis.

31 Dec 2004 description
report World Bank
  1. This report provides an update of activities carried out under the Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program (MDRP) since the time of the previous quarterly progress report (July to September 2004). The report is organized by the four main components of the MDRP, namely: (i) national demobilization and reintegration programs; (ii) special projects; (iii) regional activities; and (iv) overall program management. The box below provides a snapshot of the quarter's main activities under the program.
31 Dec 2004 description


The IRC's Impact

In 2004, IRC humanitarian aid programs restored hope and opportunity for more than 15 million conflict-affected individuals around the world, and millions more were helped by the 5,600 local organizations and community groups that the IRC supports. Here's a look at some of the IRC's most recent achivements:

- More than 4.3 million people gained access to clean water and sanitation through our environmental health programs.

31 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

New troops from India and Pakistan are headed to the troubled Kivus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUC) there.

The deployment, which began in November, consists of two new brigades, one from each of the South Asian countries. An 850-strong battalion from India is destined for North Kivu, while 892 troops from Pakistan will go to South Kivu, both on the DRC's volatile eastern border.

31 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

GOMA, le 31 décembre (IRIN) - Des agences humanitaires ont commencé à apporter de l'aide aux dizaines des milliers de personnes déplacées par des combats au cours du mois de décembre dans la province orientale du Nord-Kivu, en République Démocratique du Congo.

"Un convoi d'aide humanitaire a été organisé mercredi à destination des localités de Kanyabayonga et Kayina", a rapporté à IRIN Horeb Bulambo, chargé d'information de l'ONG Save the Children à Goma, chef-lieu de province.

31 Dec 2004 description

Humanitarian organisations have begun the delivery of much-needed assistance in the Territory of Lubero, where up to 200,000 people have been affected since fighting broke out between the FARDC and mutinous elements of the ex-ANC on December 11.

31 Dec 2004 description

Program Description

The Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) helps stabilize and revitalize war-torn communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by facilitating community-level reintegration of war-affected youth and increasing broad awareness of key transition issues. OTI's objectives are achieved through its Synergie d'Education Communautaire et d'Appui à la transition (SE*CA, pronounced "C'est ça!") program.

31 Dec 2004 description

U.S. Ambassador Inaugurates Tshopo Market and Kisangani-Ubundu Train

30 Dec 2004 description

By David Lewis

KINSHASA, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Rape and pillage by government and rebel soldiers is still rife in a region of eastern Congo where fighting broke out this month, hampering the delivery of vital aid to tens of thousands of displaced people.

Aid workers said on Thursday that despite the presence of some 400 U.N.

30 Dec 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

GOMA, 30 December (IRIN) - Few of the estimated 100,000 people displaced by fighting earlier this month in the province of North Kivu, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have received humanitarian aid.

"An aid convoy was sent on Wednesday to the towns of Kanyabayonga and Kayina," Horeb Bulambo, the spokesperson for Save the Children in Goma, told IRIN.

"But this is only the preliminary phase as we continue gathering data on the humanitarian need," he said.

Hundreds of …

30 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

A consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and three local aid workers, kidnapped by militia members week before last, have been released, but in poor health.

UNDP identified them as consulting engineer Aziz Kaliemba, hospital director Dr.

29 Dec 2004 description
report Human Rights Watch

Joint U.N.-Congolese Disarmament Operations Must Protect Civilians

(New York, December 29, 2004) - The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congolese army must ensure that civilians are protected during operations to disarm rebel Rwandan armed groups in eastern Congo, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.

The 15-page briefing paper details how threats of incursions and reported attacks by Rwandan government forces in the Congo have increased pressure on the U.N.

29 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has found evidence that former Mayi-Mayi militiamen have killed seven civilians, a soldier and perhaps another six former officers from a rival militia, the UN spokesman said today.

The killings took place "during and after the retreat from the area of members of a faction of the former Congolese National Army, known as RCD-Goma military wing and often referred to by its French acronym ANC," Fred Eckhard said in a statement issued to journalists.

After a 21 …

28 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

In the third operation if its kind this month, MONUC, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has destroyed three camps belonging to the rebel Integrationist Nationalist Front (FNI) in the north-eastern Orientale province, the UN spokesman said today.

The three camps removed yesterday were located at Amee, Zavi and Nyamokaka, near Mona, more than 100 kilometres north of the main town in the region, Bunia, according to a UN spokesman.

On 5 December, MONUC carried out a similar operation against the Armed Forces of the Congolese People …

27 Dec 2004 description

Biliaminou Alao/MONUC

Dans le cadre des projets QUIPs, la MONUC, représentée par le Major Pavlo Razumnyi du Team Site 113, a remis en date du 23 décembre 2004, 100 cahiers d'exercice MONUC et 20 bancs d'élèves au Directeur de l'Ecole Conventionnelle Kibanguiste de la commune de Gbado-Lite.

Situé dans la ville de Gbado-Lite, l'école a été créée en 1970 grâce à monsieur Ligbo Batayo premier Directeur de l'école, et accueille les enfants de toutes les croyances religieuses.

L'école dispose de dix salles de classe pour l'école primaire "Likolee I" …

27 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

The presence of a United Nations-defended security zone in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return home, the deputy force commander of the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUC, says.

In an interview with MONUC's Radio Okapi yesterday, Gen.

26 Dec 2004 description
report Xinhua

KIGALI, Dec 26, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Several Congolese nationals crossed to Rwanda as they claim fresh harassment and killings in the Walikare region in eastern South Kivu province of the Congo, state-run radio reported Sunday.

"The fighting are targeting the Kinyarwanda-speaking Congolese commonly known as Banyamurenge and many of our relatives have been killed," said Beatrice Kayitesi, who crossed to the Rwandan border side of Gisenyi.

Banyamurenge is the main inhabitant of southern and eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who speak similar …