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13 Apr 2018 description

Des millions de personnes touchées par la crise humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont exposées à une aggravation de la faim et à une augmentation des maladies et des décès en raison d’un manque crucial de financement de la réponse humanitaire, alerte une coalition réunissant 20 ONG internationales à l’occasion de la conférence des bailleurs se réunissant ce jour à Genève.

13 Apr 2018 description

Millions of people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk rising levels of hunger, death and disease due to a lack of aid funding, a coalition of humanitarian organisations warned ahead of a conference in Geneva today.

04 Jan 2017 description

In the humanitarian sector children are often simply seen as the recipients of assistance designed by others, rather than as agents of change who can help shape how their needs are responded to. In my experience it is quite rare, especially in a conflict affected country, that aid organisations ask children directly what their problems are and what change they want to see – let alone deliver it in a way which involves children.

08 Jun 2015 description
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Everyone (of a certain age) remembers their first visit to the circus as a child.

The sense of wonder, punctuated by gasps of awe and raucous laughter.

Recently we were able to bring a flavour of this to children in our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thanks to Clowns Without Borders - Sweden.

This fantastic organisation shares our belief that children have a right to laugh and play in any situation.

23 Feb 2015 description
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A new report has highlighted critical flaws in the Department for International Development's ability to respond to children in armed conflict.

The inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Protecting Children in Armed Conflict highlights a fundamental lack of understanding, policy and strategy within the UK government to provide effective support to children living in armed conflict and contribute towards ending cycles of violence.

Key findings from the report include:

13 Nov 2014 description
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In a small tarpaulin shelter, one of many in a camp outside Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I’m looking at a bed made of rocks. Volcanic rocks, each about the size of a grapefruit, stacked neatly in a rectangular pile until they reach two feet off the ground.

Why would anyone choose to sleep on a bed of rocks? Sarah, the owner of the bed, points up to the ‘roof’ - a tarpaulin sheet so aged that water runs through multiple holes when it rains.

17 Jun 2014 description
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We've launched a new phone number for our child helpline services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

From today, children in Kinshasa and Goma just need to dial 117 to get through to a listening, caring and counselling ear.

The War Child Tukinge Watoto (which means protecting children) helpline enables children and care-givers to speak to trained social workers or members of the child parliament to report and receive advice on individual child protection cases, and to seek peer-to-peer support.

09 Mar 2014 description
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No one cares what you think.

If you’re a street child in Kinshasa, the best you can hope for is that people ignore you. It’s preferable to the regular violence and abuse. That’s exactly why street children need to get their voices heard by the people whose responsibility it is to protect them.

A microphone can amplify those voices. And through the power of hip hop and they can be heard across a whole country.

We’ve been working with Congolese hip hop artist Didjak Munya to help children and young people have their say.

10 Apr 2013 description
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KEY POINTS

  1. Sexual violence is not geographically or demographically discrete; it is a global issue that affects all ages and genders.

  2. Children are a key target group due to their societal status and multiple vulnerabilities in areas affected by conflict.

  3. Sexual violence is pervasive in all settings (public and private) and is more likely to be opportunistic than a tactic of war.

  4. The perpetrators of sexual violence are more often civilian than they are combatants.

01 Apr 2013 description
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You won’t find this place on a map.

The ‘City of Hope’ doesn’t have a cathedral, or a town hall. Or any roads. Or electricity or running water.

It’s a desolate area of wasteland outside Kinshasa. Most of the residents were moved there by the local authorities after floods had destroyed their previous dwellings in 2007.

They named it the ‘Cite d’Espoir’ – The 'City of Hope'. Imagine what their previous living arrangements must have been like. Our project literally laid the foundations upon which the community could build that hope.

14 Feb 2013 description

Depuis plusieurs années la communauté internationale a essaye de stabiliser l'Est de la RDC, a un cout des milliards de dollars, mais cette paix durable continue de faire défaut. Les élections présidentielles et législatives de novembre 2011 étaient perçues comme étant peu crédibles et en ce qui concerne les élections provinciales et locales, elles ont été reportées indéfiniment. Peu de progrès ont été constatés quant aux réformes cruciales dans les secteurs de la justice, la sécurité, les affaires foncières et de la gouvernance.

14 Feb 2013 description

Goma, 14 February 2012 – For years the international community has attempted to help stabilise eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the expense of billions of US dollars, yet sustainable peace remains elusive. Elections in November 2011 were widely seen as lacking credibility(1) and provincial and local elections have been delayed indefinitely.

28 Aug 2012 description
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In recent months the violence in eastern D.R. Congo has flared up again and is causing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. The latest conflict began in April when a group of army soldiers mutinied and formed a rebel group called M23. They have been fighting the army for control of territory in North Kivu since then. Whilst the main town of Goma remains in government control, many of the outlying towns and villages have been attacked. Given the indiscipline in the army, local people are often just as afraid of the government troops as they are of the rebel soldiers.

27 May 2012 description
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Weeks of fighting between the Congolese Armed Forces and a splinter group in North Kivu has forced over 30,000 civilians to flee their homes,[i] and placed severe restrictions upon urgently needed humanitarian efforts.

26 Jan 2012 description
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We caught up with Congolese-born comedian Eddie Kadi upon his return from Kinshasa where he’d visited his family and also spent some time with our projects there.

Here he tells us about his first trip back to Congo since he left with his family as a young boy.

It had been eighteen years since I left, so going back there was such a surreal experience, it was almost like something out of a dream.

06 Jan 2012 description
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We recently caught up with some of the children who lived in the residential Centres we supported in Kinshasa from 2006-09 (see photos here). It provided a chance to look back at some of the successes and learning points from the project.

04 Jan 2012 description
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No one cares what you think.

If you’re a street child in Kinshasa, the best you can hope for is that people ignore you. It’s preferable to the regular violence and abuse. That’s exactly why street children need to get their voices heard by the people whose responsibility it is to protect them.

A microphone can amplify those voices. And through the power of hip hop and they can be heard across a whole country.

We’ve been working with Congolese hip hop artist Didjak Munya to help children and young people have their say.

Rap battles

14 Dec 2010 description

Summary

On Christmas Eve 2008 and over the following three weeks, 865 women, men and children were savagely beaten to death and hundreds more abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in a remote corner in the north-east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in southern Sudan. The attack was a murderous backlash in response to Operation "Lightning Thunder", a military offensive launched some 10 days before against the LRA by Uganda, DRC and southern Sudan.

14 Dec 2010 description

Résumé

A la veille de Noël 2008 et pendant les trois semaines qui ont suivi, 865 hommes, femmes et enfants furent sauvagement battus à mort et des centaines d'autres enlevés par l'Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (connue sous son sigle anglais : la LRA) dans un coin reculé du nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et au Sud Soudan. L'attaque était une action de représailles contre l'opération « Eclair de Tonnerre », une offensive militaire lancée contre la LRA quelque 10 jours plus tôt par l'Ouganda, la RDC et le Sud Soudan.

15 Nov 2006 description
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Results for the electoral run-off between Jean-Pierre Bemba and the former President Joseph Kabila have shown initial success for Kablia, despite wide support for his rival in the capital of Kinshasa. As Bemba's Union for a National Coalition rejected the results, UN peace security forces spread through the country in an effort to suppress the violence that has already taken 4 lives.