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InterAction is pleased to release its second Foreign Assistance Briefing Book (FABB). The book outlines the U.S.-based international nonprofit community's views on foreign assistance challenges expected to be at the forefront of the 112th Congress and the remaining two years of the Obama administration's first term.
Sixteen key areas and sectors are featured, including climate change, food security and agriculture, health, urban poverty and U.S. government funding trends, with specific problems highlighted and suggested recommendations.
The year since the release of InterAction's Foreign Assistance Briefing Book has been challenging for the Obama administration and the 111th Congress. Foreign assistance, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the worldwide financial crisis have had to compete with urgent domestic concerns and a bold agenda.
Staff from northern Uganda also are deployed to help with families crossing into Uganda
(PORTLAND, ORE.-Dec. 9, 2008) This Thursday, two local medical volunteers with Medical Teams International leave for southwestern Uganda where they'll care for families fleeing the fighting in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr. Tom Martin, a Portland physician, and Anne Blaufus, a nurse from Camas, Wash., are employed at Portland Providence Medical Center.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, (DRC) is home to some 60 million people, 200 ethnic groups, and more than five spoken languages. Covering an area of land comparative to Western Europe, the DRC has been plagued with a tumultuous and sanguineous history. The roots of the country's perpetual turmoil stem from Belgium's colonization (1885 - 1960), and King Leopold's violent hand. Independence on June 30,
1960 did not bring the DRC peace, but rather more political strife.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is currently facing one of the most serious funding crises in its history. Global recession and country budget cuts have left the agency with a significant budgetary shortfall in 2002, and prospects for the immediate future of the crisis appear bleak. Mr. Anne Willem Bijleveld, Director of Communications and Information for UNHCR, briefed InterAction member agencies on the UNHCR funding crisis, its impact on refugee programming, and agency strategies for securing financial stability in the future.
At about 9:30 AM local time on January 17th, Nyiragongo, an 11,380-foot volcano situated 10 miles north of Goma, the largest town in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, erupted. Lava flows from the eruption advanced through the heart of the city and into nearby Lake Kivu. Damage estimates report about 20 percent of the city was destroyed, including much of the infrastructure and homes for approximately 80,000 people.
The Nyiragongo volcano, situated in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, erupted on January 17, causing serious destruction and displacing some 450,000 people, according to UN estimates. The 11,380-foot volcano is located 10 miles north of Goma, a city of 500,000. The lava has flowed into the city and nearby Lake Kivu, causing fires and devastating the area. Hundreds of thousands have reportedly crossed the border into neighboring Rwanda.
Produced by Gottlieb Duwan With the Disaster Response Unit of InterAction ®
Map of DR-Congo
Map Courtesy of CIA World Factbook
Produced by Anjanette Hamilton With the Disaster Response Unit of InterAction ®
Map of DR-Congo
Map Courtesy of the CIA World Factbook
Growing unrest continues to reflect discontent with the new government of self-proclaimed President Laurent Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Opposition supporters again have taken to the street protesting the exclusion of their leader Etienne Tshisekedi from the interim government Kabila announced last week. As a result of two earlier protests, Kabilas Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo banned street demonstrations and political party activity.
As talks between Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko and the leader of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (ADFL), Laurent-Desire Kabila, end in a stalemate and hopes for a peaceful settlement to the crisis in Zaire are dashed, a human rights mission for Zaire lands in Kigali. Led by UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur for Zaire, Roberto Garreton, the mission will make access to Kisangani -- and possible mass grave and massacre sites in rebel-held territory -- a priority.
Numerous NGOs are reporting serious human rights violations by the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (ADFL) against Rwandan refugees in eastern Zaire. Most disturbing are reports that the ADFL is using humanitarian assistance as a magnet to attract refugees hiding in the jungle and then killing them after aid workers are told to withdraw. There is grave concern for an estimated 80,000 refugees and internally displaced persons who have "disappeared" from the makeshift camps south of Kisangani.
The plight of tens of thousands of refugees in eastern Zaire has worsened in recent days as a result of heightened tension between aid agencies and rebels from the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (ADFL). Agencies have been prevented from reaching refugees scattered in makeshift camps south of Kisangani; humanitarian aid has been looted; fuel for aid flights has been commandeered; and aid workers have been threatened.
Approximately 1,500 displaced Zaireans have been successfully airlifted to Goma on United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) outbound flights from Kisangani. The Rwandan government (GOR) has publicly opposed plans by the UNHCR to repatriate by air some 80,000 refugees from Kisangani to Kigali. The GOR says the most efficient way to bring the refugees back home is over land, since Kigali airport is "too narrow" and the government would still be left with the problem of transporting the refugees back to their home communes.
NGOs included in this guide:
Adventist Development & Relief Agency
African Medical & Research Foundation
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
American Red Cross
American Refugee Committee
Baptist World Aid
Catholic Relief Services
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Church World Service
Direct Relief International
Food for the Hungry International
International Medical Corps
International Rescue Committee
Lutheran World Relief
UPDATE: April 7, 1997
A partial solution to the plight of refugees denied entry to Kisangani appears to have been reached over the weekend, as the ADFL agreed to UN and other requests to allow at least some refugees to return to Rwanda via Kisangani. [More on airlift]
For Immediate Release
Contact: MIKE KIERNAN
November 15, 1996
InterAction, a Washington, DC-based coalition of more than 150 U.S. nonprofit humanitarian aid groups, has issued the following list of its relief agencies accepting monetary contributions for relief efforts to assist victims of the current crisis in Eastern Zaire. For more information, call 202-667-8227.