UN must not abandon the Democratic Republic of Congo, Oxfam warns
International aid agency Oxfam today welcomed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and urged UN member states not to abandon the war-torn country in the wake of the recent successful elections.
Oxfam hopes that going to the DRC on his first official foreign trip demonstrates Mr. Ban’s commitment to reversing one of the world’s most dire humanitarian crises. Despite the shift towards democracy, the country remains extremely unstable, with more than 1,000 civilians reportedly dying each day from conflict-related causes.
“The DRC is at a critical point,” said Juliette Prodhan, head of Oxfam in the DRC.
“December’s elections were a success but the new government structures are fragile. Without the continuing support of the UN peacekeepers there is a risk that the DRC could slide back into conflict and chaos. Oxfam hopes that the UN member states will not abandon the millions of Congolese who voted for peace and stability.”
Oxfam called on Mr Ban to encourage the Security Council to keep the UN peacekeeping force (MONUC) at its current strength when its mandate is renewed in February and not to draw down troop numbers prematurely. Despite a difficult start, MONUC has been an essential part of the Congo’s transformation. As well as protecting civilians, the peacekeeping force should also concentrate on supporting the new Congolese government in training its security forces, which regularly attacks civilians, so they can instead defend the country and protect its citizens.
“While peacekeeping demands in Africa are on the rise, finding troops to protect vulnerable people from Somalia to Sudan should not come at the expense of security for long-suffering Congolese,” said Prodhan. “It is the responsibility of the international community to ensure that the basic human rights of all civilians living under the devastating spectre of war are respected.”
For further information, please contact:
Beatrice Karanja, Oxfam Regional Media and Communications Officer:
Tel: +254 20 2820136, Mobile: +254 733 632810 or +254 726 875507,
Sean Kenny, Oxfam Press Officer
Tel: + 44 788 165 5715
Eva Marie Smets, Oxfam Policy and Advocay Coordinator, DRC
Tel: +243 81 3489309
European Union Office reports and papers
Thx for speaking up for women: @MarsGlobal,#Mondelez & @Nestle have now moved from words 2 action http://t.co/laFtaWajFI #BehindTheBrands1 day 2 hours ago
UN agency and Slow Food group partner to boost livelihoods of small farmers http://t.co/l0YMT9yyk8 @SlowFoodHQ1 day 8 hours ago
RT @oxfamgbpress: Oxfam very relieved that Cyclone #Mahasen did not cause damage to vulnerable communities in Myanmar http://t.co/t2VwONPjs01 day 9 hours ago
RT @annamac33: The #ArmsTreaty can create a safer future for millions. Urge the US to sign! http://t.co/HRlNC8BcO31 day 9 hours ago
#FF Oxfam Global Ambassadors @KristinDavis @GaelGarciaB @driverminnie @liviafirth @baabamaal @HelenLMirren @BoseOfficial1 day 10 hours ago
#FF Oxfam Global Ambassadors @AnnieLennox @djimonhounsou @angeliquekidjo @firthcom @coldplay @RahulBose1 http://t.co/rXOrgldjlt1 day 10 hours ago
Thanks for speaking up for women! @MarsGlobal #Mondelez & @Nestle have moved from words to action http://t.co/pMvtbhesPh #BehindTheBrands1 day 12 hours ago
#FF the Oxfams! @IntermonOxfam @OxfamIndia @OxfamJapan @oxfamnovib @OxfamQuebec @Oxfam_mcm @OxfamItalia @oxfam_sol @oxfamfrance1 day 13 hours ago
#FF the Oxfams! @OxfamIreland @oxfamcanada @OxfamAustralia @Oxfam_DE @OxfamAmerica @oxfamgb @oxfamnz @oxfamhongkong @oxfammexico1 day 13 hours ago
Dismal levels of investment in agriculture a primary reason 1 in 8 people in the world are hungry http://t.co/orbRUxuVQo #govspendwatch2 days 3 hours ago
'A Jungle of Humanity - and Disorder', an interactive feature from @nytimes http://t.co/DxmATtGICV #SyriaCrisis #Zaatari2 days 5 hours ago
RT @benphillips76 How to Start Development’s Gutenberg Revolution http://t.co/DbieZs9UBZ #govspendwatch2 days 6 hours ago
Social protection, #genderequality & #climatechange crucial to tackling inequality http://t.co/mKqSIBcceM via @guardian #govspendwatch2 days 8 hours ago
RT @louis_belanger Starting to see Syrian refugees all over #Beirut On promenade, on Hamra, outside grocery stores, in parking lots #Syria2 days 8 hours ago
Are governments meeting their #MDG spending targets? Read the blog http://t.co/3bF1lhH8AX #govspendwatch #MDGs2 days 9 hours ago