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08 Jan 2015 description
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A family with children lived for years on top of an old ammunition depot in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An example of the widespread problem with unexploded ordnance in the troubled country

By Thea Lacey

Nine year old Esther Regina lives in a crowded compound in Uvira, a city of 300,000 people on the shores of Lake Tanganiyka in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

20 Mar 2014 description
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Healthy children are taught to play football with their arms behind their backs or blindfolds on their eyes to learn about the danger of unexploded ordnance in Congo

By Emilie Lykke Nilsson

All children have the right to play says the UN’s children’s convention article 31. That right is unfortunately threatened many places in the eastern Congo by the injuries to body and mind that continuous violence and remnants of war cause to children.

04 Feb 2014 description
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The encounter with an unexploded grenade could have had a fatal ending for 12 year old Ebengo Chamulongo, if he had not known exactly what to do in such a situation

Ebengo Chamulongo was recently just one piece of good advice from having a serious accident with what appeared out to be an unexploded grenade. Ebengo is 12 years old and in 6th grade at Masoka school in the village Mwandiga. The good advice he got from his teacher shortly before sounded:

”Don’t touch objects that you don’t recognize. They can be very dangerous.”

25 Jul 2013 description
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More than 66,000 refugees have entered Uganda as the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked their hometown Kamango in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday morning 11th July.

Mai Gad, communication officer

05 Dec 2012 description
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The continued fighting between forces of the rebel M23 and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has resulted in growing numbers of Congolese refugees in Uganda and Rwanda.

Most recent incursions into Goma, the provincial capital of Kivu in the eastern part of DRC, have displaced approximately 140,000 people in and around Goma, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

21 Dec 2011 description
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By Tove Gerhardsen

With 159 countries having joined the Landmine Ban Treaty sine it came into force in 1997, it can already be considered a huge success in terms of international law. But with three countries laying new landmines in 2011, it is clear that the work of ridding the world of landmines is far from over.

This was the conclusion of a meeting of state parties to the Mine Ban Treaty that took place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 27 November – 2 December 2012, at which DanChurchAid (DCA) also took part.

21 Sep 2011 description
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A case study on Sexual Gender-Based Violence at Nundu Hospital, South Kivu, Eastern DR Congo, as told and illustrated by DCA staff member James Phillip Gould-Bourn.

Travelling south from Uvira, Eastern DR Congo, a number of large concrete plaques line the road on the way to Nundu Hospital. At first glance they look like headstones, and in some ways that’s exactly what they are. Each plaque is a memorial to a massacre that took place in that region during the notoriously brutal war that was waged between soldiers and rebel forces in the Eastern DRC between 1998 and 2003.

10 May 2011 description
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10.05.2011: On April 19th 2011, DanChurchAid proudly returned 40,045sqm of safe land to villagers in Mitondo and Kenani, Katanga province in Congo

Hundreds of people from Mitondo, Kenani and surrounding villages gathered to witness the handover ceremony that marked the culmination of nine months of patient and delicate work by the DCA Humanitarian Mine Action team.

Removed and destroyed

Throughout the project, which ran from February to November 2010, a number of dangerous items were identified, removed and safely destroyed by DCA HMA.

20 Nov 2009 description
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By Anne-Mette Futtrup

In the village of Mitondo in Congo 27 anti personnel mines were found and destroyed by DanChurchAid. Recently the fine results were celebrated in a handover ceremony.

The village of Mitondo in Congo had a lot of visitors Wednesday 10th of November. They all came to mark that the surrounding area of the village is again useable for people to grow crops and for animals to grass.

Until April this year that was not the case at all. For five years the villagers have avoided the fields because of risks of mines.

30 Sep 2009 description

To the European Governments and the European Union

Dear Sir, Dear Madam,

Immediate action needed to protect the civilian population in the DRC

We are writing to European Governments and the European Union to draw urgent attention to the situation in North and South Kivu in The Democratic Republic of Congo. This entrenched conflict has escalated steadily over the last year.

30 Oct 2008 description
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After panic and lootings by retreating troops a deadly calm has fallen over Goma in Eastern Congo.

Goma was quiet Thursday morning after a night of horror created by retreating troops of the Congolese army. They shot and looted the civilian population during the night. Many shops have been pillaged and houses broken into.

A whole family (9 people including a breastfeeding baby) has been killed in Katindo area.

19 Jul 2008 description
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In the days, months and years directly after the war in the eastern part of Katanga province in Congo has ended, life has been far from easy. The 650 men, women and children of Kalombo village are just barely getting back to normalcy, since 2003 when the last armed attack occurred.

Entire villages in Katanga province picked up and fled into hiding in the bush while rebel groups from Rwanda ravaged their land, destroying their mud huts, burning their school buildings, eating life stock and attacking young girls. The legacy of this flight for survival is evident.

13 Jun 2008 description
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Mobile phone batteries from at least four leading mobile phone producers contain cobalt from DR Congo. These companies run the risk of supporting illegal export and unfair mining practices, which often involve severe human rights abuses. A report by DanWatch, May 30 2008.

03 Jun 2008 description
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The village of Kamumba was once a prosperous fishing community. But during the five year long war it was turned in to a military camp. Though the war is over, the mines remain, preventing the villagers from returning.

Kabumba is a small, typical and remote village of Katanga province in eastern Congo. Kabumba is situated alongside the mighty Congo River and was once known as a prosper village, famous for its fishing. Numerous traders came from surrounding areas in order to buy fish that they would sell in nearby villages and territories.

03 Jun 2008 description
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Since mine threats as well as HIV/AIDS prevalence are high in DR Congo, DCA has developed a new approach combining both MRE and HIV/AIDS education programmes. Detailed impact surveys of mine-affected areas are also being carried out, assessing the threats posed and their social and economic repercussions.

Mine problem and context

DR Congo has had a long history of civil war and insecurity.

02 Jun 2008 description
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Line Brylle has just returned home after working with a Humanitarian Mine Action Programme for two years in one of the most war torn countries in the world.

The quiet humanitarian disaster. The African equivalent to a World War. The front yard to Hell. Few countries have as bad a reputation as DR Congo. Still, Line Brylle wouldn't mind taking the first plane back to the great country of Central Africa.

'Congo is crazy and fantastic at the same time. So many terrible and incomprehensible things happen.

12 Feb 2008 description
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DanChurchAid (DCA) Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program in DR Congo has signed a one year contract with the AECI, Spanish Agency for International Cooperation under the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for an amount of 554.713 Euros to finance Mine Action activities in Eastern Congo.

The contract started on the 1st of December 2007 and will end on the 30th of November 2008.

The action is entitled 'Humanitarian Mine Action Programme for internally displaced, returning refugees and war affected communities in South-Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.'

Through …

21 Nov 2006 description
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DR Congo, 21/11/2006: DanChurchAid's humanitarian mine action programme in eastern DR Congo has recently created a new team for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tasks. During the first week's work in Uvira the team destroyed 108 UXOs - and that is only the beginning.

The team has a unique member composition, consisting of international and national EOD experts and also a surveyor/MRE facilitator. The MRE facilitator teaches Mine Risk Education (MRE) and HIV/AIDS education as well as conducts surveys for new dangerous areas found along the areas of deployment.

15 Oct 2006 description
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Eastern DR Congo, 15/10/2006: A series of fires have since mid June until the end of September ravaged and destroyed an estimated 1.500 houses in 8 villages in and around Salamabila in Southeastern Maniema Province in the eastern DR Congo.

The fires went largely unnoticed to the outside world due to the isolated location of these jungle villages and some 10.000 people are estimated to be homeless.

The causes of the fires were varied, some were ordinary bushfires and some suspected to be arson.

The houses in most of the villages were built very closely together spreading the fires …