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24 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Yves Willemot

17 January 2018

Violence has been raging for the past several months in the Provinces of Tanganyika and South Kivu, which are in the south east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These provinces are plagued by inter-ethnic violence and clashes between the regular army, militia and armed groups.

Children are the first victims of the clashes. Villages are burnt down, schools are destroyed and health centres are looted, leading to mass displacement of people. There are 654,000 displaced persons in Tanganyika, of whom 462,000 are children.

24 Jan 2018 description
report UN News Service

23 janvier 2018 – Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme (HCDH) s'est dit profondément préoccupé par ce qui semble être un « schéma récurrent de répression » des manifestations en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) dans un contexte de tensions politiques croissantes.

24 Jan 2018 description

Press Statement

Heather Nauert

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

January 23, 2018

We condemn in the strongest terms the violence perpetrated by DRC security forces on January 21 against church-led peaceful protests that resulted in at least six confirmed deaths, dozens of injuries, and numerous arbitrary arrests.

23 Jan 2018 description

242,406 Congolese refugees as of 31 December 2017

46,600 Congolese new arrivals from January to December 2017

13,970 Congolese new arrivals since 1 December 2017


  • Between 20th and 22nd January 2018, some 1,640 new refugee arrivals from the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) crossed to Uganda via Kisoro and Kanungu (1,389) and Lake Albert (251), bringing the total number of new arrivals since 18th December 2017 to 12,306.

23 Jan 2018 description


The security and humanitarian situation in Kinshasa province continues to deteriorate. On 21 January anti-Kabila demonstrations in the capital resulted in 6 deaths, 65 injured, and some 250 people were arrested.

Cholera cases continue to rise in the province following heavy rainfall since early January: 346 cases and 11 deaths were reported in the two first weeks of 2018.

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South Sudan

23 Jan 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

In the evening of Monday the 18 December 2017, the district of Kanungu, Kisoro and Bundibugyo in Western Uganda, were highly congested with Congolese refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo fleeing violence. That week was characterised by two major developments: the unexpected surge of arrivals to Kyangwalli Settlement through the Lake Albert route and the arrival of Congolese refugees to Kyaka II settlement. Rwamwanja settlement which used to receive Congolese refugees entering through South west Uganda has since reached its full capacity.

23 Jan 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Date: 23 January 2018
Subject: DRC and Ethiopia

(1) DRC

23 Jan 2018 description


  • 13 out of a total of 52 villages were deserted (25%);

  • 31 out of 52 villages had water points (60%). In five villages these were non-functional;

  • 52 out of 166 assessed water points are non-functional (31%);

  • 1 out of 13 assessed health facilities was not operating;

  • In order to respond to future disease outbreaks, training was considered top priority, followed by support in increased public awareness, transport capacities and refrigeration;

23 Jan 2018 description


  • The ETC Coordinator has left D.R.C. on 19 January 2018 and a new coordinator will be confirmed soon.

  • A funding application has been made to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to further upgrade security telecommunications in Kasai, Sud-Kivu and Tanganyika provinces and will be forwarded to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York for final approval.

Situation Overview

23 Jan 2018 description

Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells over southern parts of the SADC Region

Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, southern Mozambique, Swaziland and some parts of Lesotho.

23 Jan 2018 description

« Souffrir en silence », un rapport publié par l’organisation humanitaire CARE, rappelle les crises humanitaires qui ont rarement fait la une dans les médias - y compris les déplacements forcés qui affectent des millions de personnes.

GENÈVE - Dix crises humanitaires dans le monde – y compris les déplacements forcés de millions d’hommes, de femmes et d’enfants - ont été passées sous silence l’année dernière, selon un rapport publié par l’organisation humanitaire internationale CARE.

23 Jan 2018 description


  • Onset of seasonal rains is delayed in parts of South Africa and Lesotho

  • Rainfall season has started on time in northern parts of the region, and most other areas are expected to experience onset of rains in November

  • Integrated pest management strategies have been recommended for countering fall armyworm outbreaks

Regional Summary

23 Jan 2018 description
report EastAfrican


African countries are divided on the fate of Rwandan refugees within their borders following the expiry of the deadline of the cessation clause that effectively ends their refugee status.

The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which allows countries to declare that the reasons that led to people fleeing the country no longer exist, and that all those who fled should be able to return or risk losing their refugee status.