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UN aid chief urges DR Congo authorities to enhance protection of civilians

The top United Nations humanitarian official today visited the province of South Kivu in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and stressed that protecting civilians and ensuring they have access to aid remains ultimately the responsibility of the national authorities.

UN relief chief arrives in DR Congo to review humanitarian needs

The top United Nations humanitarian official today arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a five-day visit intended to highlight relief priorities and urge improved protection of civilians in the central African country where persistent conflicts have created one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies.

UN refugee agency dismayed by impunity for endemic rape in DR Congo

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today spoke out against the large number of rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), voicing concern at the impunity with which the attacks are being carried out.

DR Congo: UN envoy promises increased civilian protection in troubled city

The top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has pledged to strengthen its military presence in the capital of the north-western province of Equateur to help the Government provide better protection for civilians following a deadly raid by rebels earlier this month on the city.

Conflict-related rape the focus of UN official’s visit to DR Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström is on her first tour since her appointment, conducting a week-long visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where both rebels and the national army have been accused of mass rape.

UN to begin first phase of pullout of blue helmets in DR Congo by July

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the Security Council today that the first stage of withdrawing blue helmets from the country by July is “operationally feasible,” but the safety of civilians under threat from militias and criminals remains a priority.

UN-backed survey finds alarming malnutrition rates in DR Congo

A United Nations-supported survey has revealed alarming acute malnutrition rates among some 530,000 children under five and more than one million pregnant women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN takes new security steps after deadly attack in north-western DR Congo

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the national army are adopting new security measures after a deadly attack in a hitherto more stable region of the vast strife-torn country highlighted the potential for local conflicts to rapidly escalate.

UN peacekeepers in DR Congo rescue 29 people in Lake Kivu ferry mishap

United Nations blue helmets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have rescued dozens of people stranded on Lake Kivu after a ferry boat they had boarded to travel south to the city of Bukavu ran aground on rocks.

DR Congo: UN deplores resort to arms after deadly attack on provincial capital

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has voiced deep concern at a deadly attack in a region cited by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as showing the potential for local conflicts to rapidly escalate in the vast strife-torn country.