Tagged: Democratic Republic of Congo
Since 1998, an estimated 5.4 million people have lost their lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The current escalation of fighting is the worst it has been in years. Oxfam aims to reach around 230,000 people affected by this new crisis with clean water, sanitation services and protection support.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
European ministers meeting in Marseille tomorrow (Monday, 3 November) must agree to provide European troops to support the UN peacekeeping force in eastern Congo.
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.
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.