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09 Nov 2018 description
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Sumayya Ismail

8 November 2018

The Kasaï region in the Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling to recover from two years of intense conflict. The influx last month of more than 300,000 people from Angola, most of them long-standing migrant workers, has made a fragile humanitarian situation worse.

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31 Aug 2018 description
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Anthony Morland

Peter Salama points to a “paradigm shift” in response, but warns the virus could still spread to blind spots or across national borders

It’s too soon to say the outbreak of Ebola that has infected 116 people and claimed 77 lives in a conflict-prone eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is fully under control, but great progress has been made in learning how to contain and respond to such emergencies, according to the World Health Organisation’s response chief.

24 Aug 2018 description
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Fiston Mahamba

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have approved several experimental drugs to treat people infected with Ebola as an outbreak in a conflict zone proves hard to stop, with probable cases rising above 100 and fatalities in the sixties.

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16 Aug 2018 description
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Aimee Ansari

August 2014 was a scary time in West Africa. Ebola was spreading rapidly and the international community was waking up to a disaster that ultimately killed more than 11,000 people.

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10 Aug 2018 description
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MANGINA/The Democratic Republic of Congo, 9 August 2018

Claude Sengenya Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor

Barely one week after the Democratic Republic of Congo declared an end to its ninth outbreak of Ebola, it announced, on 1 August, its 10th. Only this time, the deadly virus has struck a new part of the country, one rife with armed groups and long ravaged by conflict.

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17 Jul 2018 description
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The senior UNHCR executive opens up about his agency’s challenges influencing antagonistic governments, its fractious relationship with other UN agencies, and a refugee response system at "breaking point"

Monsoon season in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps, formerly refugee-friendly countries closing their borders, and an international refugee response system at “breaking point”: these are just some of the things that keep the man who oversees the delivery of UN aid to millions of refugees up at night.

12 Jul 2018 description
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by Philip Kleinfeld

At the camp for displaced people in Rukoro, nobody can remember the last time they saw an aid worker. There are no tents and tarpaulins for the roughly 300 people that live here – just a collection of tiny, tunnel-shaped huts tucked out of sight down a dirt track in this remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Rutshuru region.

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07 Jun 2018 description
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Relatives ride in on motorbikes, bust three patients out of an Ebola treatment centre, and take them to a church to be prayed over by 50 people. Later, one dies at home, another in hospital, while the third lives but could have infected an untold number of people.

30 May 2018 description
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Passengers and boat crews express concern at the lack of screening for the virus

As fish-seller Josephine Ikoko prepares to board a barge from Mbandaka to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, she is painfully aware of the heightened risk of catching Ebola, which has already reached the outskirts of this city of one million people.

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29 May 2018 description
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A new financial mechanism that frees up emergency funding to ward off a pandemic has been activated for the first time, in response to an outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Efforts to halt the outbreak received an injection of $12 million from the new World Bank fund and, if Ebola spreads to other countries and infects more people, hundreds of millions more could be released from a sister insurance scheme.

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22 May 2018 description
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KINSHASA, 21 May 2018 | The Democratic Republic of Congo has begun to administer an experimental vaccine to halt the spread of the Ebola virus in Mbandaka, a major transport hub that is home to more than one million people and connected by river to several other large cities.

The illness, a particularly deadly form of haemorrhagic fever, killed more than 11,000 people in an epidemic that swept through West Africa in 2014-16.

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12 May 2018 description
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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have expelled British freelance journalist Philip Kleinfeld.

Kleinfeld was detained on 7 May in the Rutshuru region of North-Kivu Province while reporting on inter-communal violence and its effects on the civilian population. He was working for IRIN, an independent news organisation that reports from the front lines of humanitarian crises.

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04 May 2018 description
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Burundi isn’t at war, but it has all the humanitarian hallmarks of a country that is.

Campaigning began this week ahead of a 17 May referendum that will allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in office until 2034. A government clampdown and an uptick in political violence are raising fears that the humanitarian situation will deteriorate further as civil liberties and the rule of law are eroded, prompting more people to join some 400,000 already seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

27 Apr 2018 description
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Diplomatic spats and a government push to manage international funds may mean less help for the 13.1 million people in need

Issa Sikiti da Silva

05 Apr 2018 description
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A recent wave of targeted attacks has left a trail of death, destruction, and mass displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern province of Ituri.

The roots of the violence are framed in media reports as ethnic, but analysts and local observers say powerful political and commercial interests are what is really driving and exploiting the inter-communal tensions.

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21 Mar 2018 description
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Overwhelmed by 1.4 million refugees, Uganda is struggling to meet the needs of Congolese rape survivors

KYANGWALI, 20 March 2018

Around 8pm one January night, the bullets started flying through the village of Blukwa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Province. It was just one incident in a wave of violence that has flared up in the region in recent months, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee.

09 Mar 2018 description
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Samuel Okiror

Tens of thousands of people have fled clashes in Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeast Ituri Province over recent weeks, travelling by boat to reach Uganda.

Dozens are reported to have been killed in the violence, in which members of the Lendu community have reportedly targeted Hema and Bagagere citizens. More than 48,000 refugees have arrived since January, and more than 100,000 people remain displaced in the DRC.

08 Mar 2018 description
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Uganda struggles amid new Congolese refugee influx

By Samuel Okiror

As Congolese fleeing attacks in the northeastern Ituri province continue to stream into neighbouring Uganda, an outbreak of cholera with a worryingly high mortality rate is hampering efforts to respond to the sudden influx.

A lack of adequate funds is frustrating the response not only to the disease outbreak, but also to the wider needs of the new arrivals.

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18 Jan 2018 description
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2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

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16 Jan 2018 description
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The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

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