Aid worker diary: the price of gold in DRC
26 June, 2013
OCHA’s Philippe Kropf provides a snapshot of the crisis in South Kivu, on a journey with his colleague Desire Mirindi to the mining town of Kamituga, where fighting between the rebel group Raia Mutomboki and government forces has displaced and terrorized thousands of people.
DRC: Humanitarian agencies fight child exploitation
12 June, 2013
“Quite a few of the most beautiful homes in Bukavu are built on the sweat of children working in the mines,” says a child protection officer who works in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He can rattle off the names of dozens of artisanal mines that surround South...
South Sudan: Sowing seeds for the future
29 May, 2013
In the grounds of their temporary accommodation in Juba, two young boys tend to a clutch of seedlings. They clear any weeds, and water the plants when there is no rain. Each day, 8-year-old Majuang and his 6-year-old brother Gum spend hours working on their fragile crops, imagining the lives...
DRC: UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief calls for end to “immense suffering”
28 May, 2013
The United Nation’s new Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Kyung-wha Kang, has called on government and rebel forces to end the “immense suffering” of civilians in North Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Ms Kang was speaking at the end of a visit to Goma,...
Sudan: UN Humanitarian Chief concludes visit
23 May, 2013
The United Nation’s Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has ended her visit to Sudan with a call for all parties to end the conflicts in Darfur, and Blue Nile and South Kordofan, and instead to seek peaceful resolutions to clashes that continue to exact a terrible toll on civilians....