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RDC: Communique Conjoint Sur Une Posssible Decision de l’Union Europee (09.10.2019)

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RDC: Mouvement Social ‘MS” – Comite Executif National – Communique de Presse (08.10.2019)

RDC: Communique Presidium de LAMUKA (08.10.2019)

UNHCR aids thousands of Congolese refugees returning home from Angola (08.10.2019)

UNHCR is providing returnees with transport, as well as cash assistance to help them reintegrate.

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 8, 2019 – This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Thousands of Congolese refugees are returning from Angola to the Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fighting amongst armed groups has lessened and security conditions have improved.

The first group of a few hundred people will return as part of a voluntary repatriation, which will officially being this week, following the signing on 23 August of a tripartite agreement between UNHCR and the Governments of Angola and DRC on voluntary returns.

In total, more than 4,000 refugees are expected to be assisted to return home in the coming weeks. UNHCR is providing returnees with transport, as well as cash assistance to help them reintegrate.

Meanwhile, since 18 August, some 12,000 Congolese refugees, including nearly 7,000 children, have spontaneously returned home from the Lovua settlement in Angola’s Lunda Norte province. UNHCR is grateful to the Angolan authorities for swiftly providing the returnees with trucks to assist them with their journey back to DRC.

Many of those returning spontaneously are facing extremely challenging living conditions. UNHCR is providing them with cash assistance, as well as humanitarian aid together with provincial authorities and NGO partners, at the border town of Kalamba Mbuji, where UNHCR has set up an emergency transit centre.

Similar assistance is also being provided to returnees who have reached Kananga, the capital of Kasai Central province.

Although fighting amongst armed groups has calmed, some refugees are still uncertain about the condition in which they will find their homes. Some are unwilling to return to their homes and are moving elsewhere, as they fear a return of inter-ethnic violence.

Public infrastructure, such as schools and health centers, have been badly damaged during multiple periods of fighting and are yet to be repaired. Existing facilities lack the capacity to meet all of the needs of returnees.

UNHCR continues to support the Government of DRC’s efforts to provide and restore basic services, and to promote social cohesion and reintegration efforts. UNHCR, through our partner War Child UK, is also conducting protection monitoring in Kananga and surrounding areas to identify and profile protection concerns, and ensure adequate responses.

However, massive financial support is needed from the international community, to humanitarian organisations and to the Government of DRC, to create sustainable conditions for returnees.

Current levels of funding are far below the amount needed to allow for a major rebuilding programme. For 2019, UNHCR has received just 57 per cent of US$150 million needed to help people affected by the DRC crisis.

WHO Director-General reconvenes International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (07.10.2019)

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 17 July.

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 7, 2019 – WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reconvened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 17 July following the fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee. The first meeting took place on 17 October 2018.

The Committee will meet for a fifth time on 10 October 2019, in Geneva from 12-5 pm CEST, to ascertain whether the ongoing outbreak still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern and to review the temporary recommendations that are in place to manage the outbreak.

The Committee’s advice will be made public on WHO’s website and via a press conference (details below).

Background on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Eastern DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is grappling with the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record, with more than 2000 lives lost and 1000 survivors among the 3000 confirmed infections. The outbreak was declared on 1 August 2018, and has affected North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces. WHO and partners have been supporting national officials responding to the outbreak since it was first declared. WHO has more than 650 staff on the ground.

Neighbouring countries are taking steps to mitigate the risk of spread.

Sources of information:

• Ebola outbreak: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/ebola/drc-2019
• Media resources: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/ebola/drc-2019/media-resources
• Emergency Committee: https://www.who.int/ihr/procedures/ihr_committees/en/

WHAT: Virtual press conference (VPC) for journalists. An audio file of the press conference will be distributed to journalists shortly after the conference ends.

WHEN:  10 October, 2019 at 19:00 GENEVA time

WHERE: Geneva-based, UN-accredited journalists may attend the press conference in person at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

All journalists may dial in (see dial-in information below).

How to access the Virtual Press Conference – 10 October 2019

Please try to call in at least 10 minutes before the conference begins in order to be registered correctly. From the list below, please use the number closest to you. If you have problems with a number, try the toll number from a neighbouring country or call Switzerland: +41445806522, or France +33170709502, or the United States +18774230830

You can also use a VoIP programme such as Skype to call the US toll-free: +18774230830

On connecting, type PIN code: 63504156# on your telephone keypad and then record your name and media outlet (speaking clearly and slowly) and then press again the # key. Please note, only participants who have clearly identified themselves and their media outlet will be able to ask questions.

To ask a question during the question and answer session, registered participants should type 01 on their telephone keypad, this will place you in the queue to ask questions.

RDC: Force Grise – Point de Presse du President de Force Grise pour la Democratie et le Progres Social (05.10.2019)

RDC: Ministre de l’Ensignement Priamaire, Secondaire et Technique – Communique de Presse (03.10.2019)

RDC: Comite Laic de Coordination (CLC) – Ensemble, entrons dans la croisade contre l’impunite et l’impuissance de la justice (03.10.2019)

RDC: ECOFIN – Communique Final (03.10.2019)

RDC: Province du Kasai Central – Message de Felicitation a Son Excellence Monsieur le President de la Republique Democratique du Congo pour Son dicours Prononce a l’Occasion de la 74eme Session de l’Assemble Generale des Nations Unies (29.09.2019)

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