DR Congo

‘Staggering’ scale of acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Levels of hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are at a “staggering” record high, now affecting one-in-three people, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday. 

News in Brief 22 March 2021

  • 1.4 million TB sufferers lost out on treatment during first year of COVID-19 
  • DR Congo abuses against civilians continue unabated: Bachelet 
  • Oceans under threat like never before, warns World Meteorological Organization 
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News in Brief 22 February 2021

  • Coups have no place in world today, UN chief tells Myanmar military 
  • Rights chief Bachelet insists we have the chance to build back better after pandemic 
  • Condemnation for deadly attack on UN humanitarians in DR Congo  
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News in Brief 16 February 2021

  • Myanmar: ‘World is watching’, UN Special Envoy tells military
  • Atrocities in eastern DR Congo complicate work of tackling new Ebola outbreak 
  • Desperate daily quest for food stalks people of South Sudan   
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News in Brief 2 February 2021

  • Impact of COVID-19 on cancer care globally has been ‘profound’, warns WHO 
  • Call for ‘crimes against humanity’ probe in DR Congo 
  • DPR Korea: Prison system a place of ongoing grave abuses, warns Bachelet 
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News in Brief 7 January 2021

  • Top UN officials saddened by violent mob protests inside US Capitol 
  • Hong Kong: UN human rights office urges immediate release of activists  
  • Guterres ‘shocked’ at massacre of civilians in eastern DR Congo 
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DR Congo: Political tensions, armed attacks, displacement and COVID threats continue 

There is a critical need for State institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to provide more stability and safety for citizens facing multiple threats, the head of the UN mission there told the Security Council on Monday. 

News in Brief 11 September 2020

  • New fires at Greek island refugee camp ‘destroy all remaining accommodation’ 
  • Ebola: DR Congo outbreak could spread across border 
  • Fears of disease spread amid devastating flooding in Sudan 
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DR Congo’s ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ must not be forgotten

With around 15 million people in need of assistance, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world; it is also one of the most underfunded.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson for World Humanitarian Day on Wednesday, veteran UN aid coordinator Diego Zorrilla explains what’s most important for Congolese communities today.

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News in Brief 25 June 2020

  • DR Congo celebrates end of deadly Ebola outbreak in east
  • Guterres urges Israel to reconsider annexation of West Bank
  • Digital tools being used to track people as never before, warns UN rights chief
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