Democratic Republic of the Congo

Government must ‘secure’ polls in key DR Congo vote due next month: UN envoy

With key national elections due next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups in the east of the country still threaten to derail the vote, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Security Council urges responder-safety focus, as DR Congo Ebola outbreak worsens

The United Nations Security Council has voiced “serious concern” over the impact of deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak and fears that the virus could spread further into the country and the wider region.

News in Brief 30 October 2018

  • We can tackle air pollution killer together, says WHO’s Tedros
  • 80,000 youngsters at risk in DRC after forcible expulsion from Angola: UNICEF
  • Record migrant arrivals in Spain still 20 times below 2015 peak in Greece: IOM
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80,000 youngsters at risk in DRC after forcible expulsion from Angola: UNICEF

Tens of thousands of children who have been forcibly returned from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) need help urgently, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Tuesday.

News in Brief 26 October 2018

  • 2,300 migrant children in Central American ‘caravan’ need protection
  • Over 330,000 Congolese migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola—UN rights chief
  • Critical UNHCR aid reaches over 150,000 displaced Yemenis
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Over 330,000 Congolese migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in “serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border” and left at least 330,000 returnees in an “extremely precarious situation”.

News in Brief 24 October 2018

  • Ebola outbreak effort suspended again, following violence in DR Congo
  • ‘Never give up’ UN chief urges all who serve, marking UN Day
  • UN Security Council hails 'courage of Afghan voters
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News in Brief 22 October 2018

  • Data experts gather to find solutions for the world’s biggest problems at the UN world Data Forum
  • Ebola in DR Congo: UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians and health workers
  • UN human rights experts call for end to exclusion of Nigerian women in politics
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World Health Organization calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives.

News in Brief 12 October 2018

  • Violent clashes in eastern DRC undermining Ebola response
  • Australia urged to evacuate offshore processing facilities amid suicides and mental distress
  • 833 children released from armed group in North-East Nigeria
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