UNICEF Democratic Republic of the Congo – MONTHLY SITUATION REPORT - 16 April- 20 May 2013
|Post date||Monday, 27 May, 2013 - 09:51|
|Document Type||Situation Report|
Highlights: • United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit DRC with stops in Kinshasa and Goma May 22-23, accompanied by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UN Under-Secretary-General & UNFPA Executive Director, Jordan Ryan, Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), Herve Ladsous, Head of UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa. • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 17 May the appointment of Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz of Brazil as the Force Commander of the MONUSCO. Lieutenant General Santos Cruz succeeds Lieutenant General Chander Prakash Wadhwa of India. • As of 23 April, 920,784 people are displaced in North Kivu province, 375,494 among them settled in spontaneous sites and CCCM camps. • Mary Robinson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, visited the DRC, as well as Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and South Africa between 28 April and 5 May. She briefed the Security Council on 6 May and said that there were reasons to hope that the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the eastern DRC, which was signed in February, can work. She said this was a chance to do more than address the consequences of the conflict by resolving its underlying causes. She added that success will require a concerted series of actions that are both serious and sustained at the national, regional and international level. She also expressed concern about fallout from the brigade's operations on humanitarian operations in the region. She said the brigade "should act mostly preventively, as a deterrent, with limited strategic military operations." • A nutritional survey conducted in February in South Kivu revealed global acute malnutrition rates higher than the 10% emergency rate: Fizi (14,0%), Walungu (12,4%), Kabare (12,4%), Uvira (10,5%) et Mwenga (10,1%). • The overall number of cholera cases in Katanga has reduced in weeks 18 and 19 (29 April – 12 May), with the lowest caseloads reported since January. Despite this decrease, several Health Zones still have to be closely monitored due to persistently high lethality rates, and the climate factor (dry season) may also be contributing to the reduction in the number of cases. • Following an agreement between the Provincial Governments of Lunda Norte (Angola) and Kasai-Occidental (DRC) a mass return movement of irregular migrants started on 29 April. 38,693 Congolese (30,591 men, 4627 women, 3475 children) from Angola were received in the territories of Luiza (27.91%) and Tshikapa / Kamonia (72.08%). Others are still in transit towards the border. • According to UNHCR, 30,394 refugees have been registered to date in the areas of Mobayi-Mbongo (Gbadolite and Yakoma) Libenge and Zongo of Equateur Province. • During the reporting period, the Rapid Response to Population Movements (RRMP) programme organized nine fairs and distributions serving 15,847 households with essential non-food items (more than 1,500 families were also assisted with education vouchers). • During the reporting period 273 children formerly associated with forces or groups (CAFAAG) including 21 girls have been certified and removed from the armed forces and groups in North Kivu. They were supported in 6 transit and orientation centres (CTOs) and foster families. At the same time, 249 CAFAAG were reunited in their families.