Press Releases

21 Nov 2012
Under Secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Valerie Amos statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

(New York, 21 November 2012) I have been shocked by the pictures I have seen of the ordinary women, men and children fleeing the violence in and around Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, due to the recent escalation in fighting between the Armed Forces of the DRC and the March 23 Movement or M23.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes because of violence in North Kivu since 15 November, while thousands more are still on the...

20 Nov 2012
Protection des civils et réponses humanitaires fortement menacés par l’escalade critique de la violence armée dans les Kivus

(Bukavu/Goma/Kinshasa, 19 novembre 2012) : Des dizaines de milliers de personnes, qui avaient déjà eu à fuir leurs habitations au Nord-Kivu, ont été contraintes de se déplacer à nouveau suite aux violents affrontements qui se déroulent depuis le 15 novembre entre l’armée nationale et des combattants du Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) autour de la ville de Goma.

Cette dégradation de la situation sécuritaire qui s’étend à la province voisine du Sud-Kivu, menace la vie des...

20 Nov 2012
Escalation of violence in DRC’s Kivu provinces threatens thousands of civilians and impedes humanitarian response

(Bukavu/Goma/Kinshasa, 20 November 2012): Tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) in North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have been forced into new displacement after violent confrontations erupted on 15 November between the national army and the M23 armed group, around the provincial capital Goma.

The neighbouring South Kivu province is also affected by the deteriorating security situation, which threatens thousands...

05 Nov 2012
OCHA Operations Director John Ging Press statement on joint mission to the DRC New York, 5 November 2012

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Good afternoon, everyone.

I returned from the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the end of last week. While I was there, I was travelling with the UK’s Director-General of the Department for International Development, Mark Bowman, and also with Catherine Wiesner, who’s the Deputy...

31 Oct 2012
Pooled Fund - Fighting cholera, a real, fulltime job

Cholera is endemic in South Kivu, an epidemic a few months ago cost 40 lives. A massive US$ 445,000 project in the city of Bukavu provides 85,000 persons with quality drinking water. The project was financed by the so-called Pooled Fund, the major funding mechanism for humanitarian projects in DRC.

Reporting by Philippe Kropf, PIO OCHA Bukavu

“We collect rain water during the wet season and in the dry season we get it from the lake. Often we get stomach...