Democratic Republic of the Congo

UNESCO condemns killing of rangers protecting mountain gorillas at renowned DR Congo wildlife park

The lives of six guards and their driver were taken Monday during an attack on the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation in the Virunga Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – drawing condemnation from the UN agency.    

DR Congo: UN report finds 47 protestors killed, freedom of assembly curtailed by use of force

The security services and defence forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) killed at least 47 people during anti-government protests over a 13-month period through 31 January 2018, a United Nations human rights report has found.

Is safety and a small plot of land too much for DR Congo’s beleaguered people to hope for? UN aid chief asks

The humanitarian crisis and the resulting suffering will only worsen in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) if persistent violence is not brought under control and there is no political transition, the top United Nations relief official warned on Monday.

News in Brief 19 March 2018

  • DRC humanitarian needs double, UN relief chief tells Security Council
  • Excessive use of force against DRC protestors “unlawful”: UN report
  • Violence forces 10,000 to flee Ethiopia for Kenyan border town: UNHCR
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News in Brief 16 March 2018

  • OHCHRUNICEF: Fighting and food & water shortages leave thousands of Syrians at risk
  • Refugee figures approach total expected for the year: UNHCR
  • Meat product responsible for listeriosis outbreak in South Africa: WHO
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UN aid chief urges international support to tackle ‘spiralling humanitarian needs’ in DR Congo

As fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has forced 4.5 million people to flee their homes over the past year and left more than 13 million in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has called on the international community to urgently address the crisis.

News in Brief 08 March 2018

  • Fighting “paralyses” UN’s ability to deliver aid to Syria’s eastern Ghouta
  • Now “up to the Taliban” to begin talks and end Afghan suffering: UN Mission chief
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Despite unrest, DR Congo must press ahead with preparations for credible elections, says UN envoy

Highlighting political tensions and the disintegrating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Leila Zerrougui, briefing the Security Council for the first time as head of the UN stabilization mission in the contry, said significant progress is being made on preparations for upcoming polls. 

News in Brief 20 February 2018

  • UNICEF has “no words” to describe barbaric acts in East Ghouta
  • UNHCR alarmed by “atrocities” in DRC
  • UNCTAD contemplates multilateral trade “crisis”
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South-eastern DR Congo at risk of humanitarian disaster of ‘extraordinary proportions,’ warns UN refugee agency

Cautioning that the Tanganyika region in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo could be engulfed by a humanitarian disaster of “extraordinary proportions,” the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday urged the Government to ensure protection of civilians.