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17 January 2018

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Mariya, a 14-year-old orphan and survivor of sexual assault in the DRC. Photo: Helen Vesperini/IOM 2017

Humanitarian Situation in DR Congo Reaches Breaking Point as Funding Gap Remains Enormous

Kinshasa – The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deteriorated dramatically over the past year due to a massive escalation of conflict and widespread insecurity. Extreme violence has spread to areas typically considered stable, such as the provinces of Kasai and Tanganyika. The situation has been recently compounded by deadly floods and an outbreak of Cholera, among multiple other health emergencies, while the IOM, the UN Migration Agency humanitarian appeal, released at the end of last year, remains vastly underfunded.

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Vianney Nzamuye and Justine Sebikere: new arrivals at Kiwanja, who narrowly escaped being buried alive. Photo: Helen Vesperini/IOM 2017

In the DR Congo’s North Kivu Thousands Fleeing Violence are Going Hungry

Rutshuru Territory, North Kivu — In 2017 alone, more than 442,000 people were forced to leave their homes and livelihoods in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) eastern North Kivu due to clashes between militia, counter efforts to neutralize militia and atrocities against civilians.

Throughout 2017 humanitarian requirements in North Kivu grew at a rate much higher than anticipated. The province is home to more than one quarter of all of those displaced in the DRC. Moreover the security climate is considered one of the most hostile in the country, a factor that complicates access for aid agencies.

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Kananga and its surrounding villages have turned into a haven for returnees, where people rebuild their lives and recover from the scars of the conflict. Photo: Aid Zone/Euronews

DRC's Kasai conflict: the humanitarian challenge of displaced and returnees

By Euronews

Thousands of people have been killed in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Kasai region since 2016, according to UN estimates.

Conflict has led to more than a million internally displaced people at the peak of the crisis, according to OCHA figures. This helped make DRC Africa’s first country in terms of displacement: four million fled their homes.

Over three million people in Greater Kasaï are estimated to be severely food insecure.

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Women Displaced by Brutal Violence in the DR Congo Tell Their Harrowing Stories

Five Women, Five Stories



Migration in the News

Gurtong reported that improved access to previously inaccessible areas in South Sudan has enabled IOM to reach people with lifesaving assistance for the first time in over a year.

IISD reported that the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has issued a report on migration, which will serve as an input to the zero draft of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

Times Live reported on militia violence that has devastated villages in the Central African Republic. The author interviewed eyewitnesses to the violence in the northwest of the country.

ALL Africa reported on the first meeting of the High Level Panel on International Migration in Africa (HLPM) held on Monday 15 January which highlighted regional migration priorities and actionable commitments that will lead to the successful implementation of the work plan of the Panel in preparation of the final report.

Reuters reported that some 1,400 migrants were taken from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday. Two bodies were recovered according to the Italian coastguard. It cited IOM figures.

Devex reported that aid workers in Cox’s Bazar continue to respond to the overwhelming needs of Rohingya population, as worry grows that once-disorganized trafficking gangs are quickly formalizing. It quoted IOM Communications Officer Fiona MacGregor.

Premium Times reported that IOM and the European Union evacuated 132 Nigerians from Libya on Monday 15 January. 


Trending on the Internet

  • The Economist explained as to why the process of “chain migration” has become so controversial in the United States.
  • BBC reported that French President Emmanuel Macron says that France will not allow a new migrant camp to be set up in Calais.



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