Tagged: Democratic Republic of Congo

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Marie and her daughter, refugees from DRC in Uganda. Photo: Grace Cahill/Oxfam

Despite political and military achievements in 2013 in DRC, over 2.75 million people have been forced to flee their homes within the country, and over 398,000 are still dependent on humanitarian aid. Oxfam is there.

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A consignment of 25 tons of aid bound for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The $250,000 (£172,000) worth of aid includes water and sanitation equipment and plastic sheeting and is enough for more than 30,000 people.  Credit: Ian Bray/Oxfam

International agency Oxfam today accuses European member states of turning their backs on the suffering of the people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The crisis in DRC is horrendous for hundreds of thousands of people displaced due to the unabated violence.

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Oxfam welcomes the UN Security Council resolution to authorize an additional 3,000 troops and police for the UN peacekeeping force, MONUC. However the EU must also send reinforcements now to help ensure effective protection of civilians.

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There has been an increase in incidents of forced labor, rape and widespread brutality, as armed men from all sides prey upon those who have sought 'sanctuary' from the fighting in North Kivu.

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Internally displaced people in DRC receiving and supplies. The EU must increase support for the UN peacekeeping force there. Credit: Dan Fletcher/Oxfam

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today (Monday, 10 November) must provide clear commitments to send European troops to support the UN in eastern Congo. The fragile ceasefire is now broken, forcing thousands of people to flee again.

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Renewed violence in eastern DRC has forced some 250,000 people to flee their homes since August 2008. Credit: Darren Fletcher/The Sun

International leaders meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, this weekend should take immediate action to protect civilians who are at severe risk in eastern Congo, ten human rights and humanitarian agencies, said today.

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International aid agency Oxfam is to double its aid effort and help nearly 200,000 people caught up in the recent upsurge of fighting in eastern Congo.

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European ministers meeting in Marseille tomorrow (Monday, 3 November) must agree to provide European troops to support the UN peacekeeping force in eastern Congo.

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Magunga (sites 1 and 2) are home to around 17,000 IDPs. The conditions here are difficult. Malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrhea are common ailments. The Sphere standards have only just been met. Credit: Liz Lucas/Oxfam

The international community should immediately appoint a high-level special envoy and provide additional military support for the UN’s peacekeeping force, MONUC, to stop the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Refugees who fled fighting between government soldiers and Tutsi insurgents watch UN peacekeepers patroling on a road in Kibati, about 16 miles north of the provincial capital of Goma, DRC. October 28, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org

Fresh fighting in eastern Congo has displaced tens of thousands more people from their homes, international aid agency Oxfam said today (29 October 2008) as it called for urgent action to bring the region back from the brink.

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