DRC

Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violations against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment.

News in Brief 11 July 2019

  • Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province 
  • UN agency describes refugees’ ‘misery’ in Bangladesh as monsoon rains continue 
  • Countries and companies have a role in protecting freedom of expression, says rights expert 
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Meet the UN health worker coordinating a mass measles vaccination campaign in DRC

The UN is leading efforts to tackle a measles epidemic in DRC, despite ongoing violence, and the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.

Jerome Pfaffman from UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, describes how the agency is ramping up support to those in need.

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News in Brief 2 July 2019

  • DRC: UN food agency triples aid in strife-hit Ituri province
  • Zika transmission low, but travellers should be vigilant, says WHO
  • Eritrea rights violations persist, Human Rights Council hears
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News in Brief 18 June 2019

  • 300,000 flee flare-up of ethnic violence in north-eastern DRC
  • Sudden death of Egypt’s former President Morsi must be investigated: UN human rights
  • Kuwait and Pakistan confirmed as having hottest temperatures on earth recorded
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News in Brief 4 June 2019

  • Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid ongoing escalation in Idlib, Hama
  • Libya’s detention centres ‘filling up faster than UN can evacuate most vulnerable’
  • WHO laments Ebola toll citing insecurity
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From violence to dialogue: as land conflicts intensify, UN boosts efforts to resolve disputes through mediation

The town of Kitchanga, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), hosts the highest concentration of internally displaced people in the country, and has been one of the regions most affected by clashes between local communities, made up of Tutsis and Hutus, especially in terms of accessing land. Today, however, thanks to a UN initiative, many disputes over land in Kitchanga are resolved through dialogue instead of violence, and families can cultivate, rent and make a profit from their land.

News in Brief 23 May 2019

  • DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed Ebola response coordinator 
  • Draft El Salvador bill could give amnesty to serious human rights violators, Bachelet warns
  • First ever UN conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence underway  
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DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed UN Ebola response coordinator 

With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations on Thursday announced measures to strengthen its response, with the Organization’s newly appointed Emergency Coordinator (EERC) declaring there is “no time to lose”.

News in Brief 20 May 2019

  • Italy proposal to fine migrant rescue boats condemned by human rights experts
  • Ebola threat still ‘very high’ in DRC, warns WHO chief
  • On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator populations
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