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Hate speech costing lives of peacekeepers and civilians in DRC, warns mission chief 

Hate speech has cost the lives of UN peacekeepers and civilians on the ground they are there to protect in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of MONUSCO, the UN mission there, has said, but new initiatives to counter the scourge are making a difference. 

Bintou Keita, who’s also the UN Special Representative in DRC, told UN News MONUSCO was countering fake-news and intolerance online, and the Government is working effectively to crack down on hate. 

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UN refugee agency official comes back ‘angry’ from DR Congo’s Ituri province 

Years of violent insecurity in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have left at least 5.6 million people there displaced. 

There’s not enough funding to help all those in need, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned, adding that some have been forced to sleep out in the open, leaving them vulnerable to sexual abuse, which is widespread throughout the area. 

In an interview with UN News’ Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Head of External Relations, Dominique Hyde, described the desperate scenes she saw for herself in Ituri province last week. 

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Bruno Lemarquis visits DR Congo in early March 2022.

‘Common game plan’ needed to address DR Congo displacement crisis: A Resident Coordinator blog

Over the last 10 years, the number of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes and become displaced in their own countries, has more than doubled. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the increase in internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been particularly stark, as Resident Coordinator Bruno Lemarquis, the senior UN official there, explains.

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News in Brief 1 June 2022

  • Ukraine: At least two children killed in war every day, says UNICEF

  • UN rights chief welcomes abolition of death penalty in Central African Republic

  • Security Council urged to support efforts to end M23 insurgency in DR Congo

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