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Congolese women and girls are at risk of sexual violence. They need urgent protection and support.

 
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We need your help to keep refugee women safe from sexual violence

Sexual violence is endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Every day, an estimated 1,162 rapes occur. Many victims are too ashamed or afraid to come forward, fearing they will be cast out by their families and communities. Displaced women and girls are at particular risk.

It's hard to imagine a more unlikely place to seek safe haven than the DRC. But for tens of thousands of people fleeing militia violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), it’s the only option.

Nearly 113,000 people – the vast majority women and girls – have fled murderous conflict in CAR, travelling across the Ubangi River into northern DRC.

Not only have many of these women experienced sexual violence during conflict at home – they are at huge risk in their place of refuge.


This remote jungle region has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the DRC, a country known as “the rape capital of the world”.

Australia for UNHCR is currently funding vital response programs across five refugee camps in northern DRC, protecting survivors and women-at-risk alike.

On the banks of the river, UNHCR waits to transfer these women to the safety of the camps where they can receive urgent medical care, counselling, and support to help rebuild their lives.

With the right resources, this important project has the potential to protect thousands of refugee women from sexual violence and provide urgent care for rape survivors. Still, serious gaps remain. I'm asking you to please send a gift today to help UNHCR continue this vital work.

Together, we can give these women the care and support they need. Please make a donation today.

 

Note: Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australia for UNHCR will direct donations to our Emergency Programs for Refugees to enable us to rapidly address future emergencies as they occur.

How we help

UNHCR is the lead agency for protection in the DRC, coordinating the response to sexual and gender-based violence.

The consequences of rape are both physical and emotional. The risks of pregnancy, physical injury, HIV and other sexually transmitted disease are coupled with psychological trauma and feelings of intense shame that prevent many women from speaking out about their experience.

UNHCR coordinates SGBV programs in the five most dangerous provinces of the DRC:

  • We oversee rape reporting and referral systems, increasing women's access to vital medical and psychosocial services. We aim to provide rape survivors with medical attention and prophylactic STD treatments within the first 72 hours
  • We work to reduce the incidence of sexual violence by making displacement camps safer for women and children. For example, we provide alternative fuels and income generating options for women to reduce their exposure to violence while collecting firewood
  • We support livelihood programs for sexual violence survivors, helping them to achieve self reliance, support their children and reintegrate with their community
  • We run sexual violence prevention, education and awareness raising programs across the country to help change community attitudes to violence against women
  • We provide a range of important legal and social services for women to help reduce impunity and bring the perpetrators of violence to justice

Your support will help us provide protection and security for the most vulnerable people in the midst of this crisis. Please, donate today.

 

Note: Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australia for UNHCR will direct donations to our Emergency Programs for Refugees to enable us to rapidly address future emergencies as they occur.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Fighting in eastern DRC forces thousands to flee - 1 February 2016

More than three years after a major rebel offensive was defeated by UN and government forces in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province, the area remains extremely volatile and producing displacement.

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DR Congo: Residents of border town help Central African neighbours in need - 15 January 2016

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The UN refugee agency on Friday called for the immediate release of Congolese refugees kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has intensified attacks in the area bordering the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year.

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DRC: Helping women inside the 'Triangle of Death' - 19 March 2015

50-year-old Dominique* was living in a camp for displaced people in Katanga’s Triangle of Death when she spoke to UNHCR’s Céline Schmidt: “I was in the fields...then a man came and dragged me away. He took me to the bush. There were three men there and they all slept with me. Then they took me to a place where they were keeping other women. I also became their wife.”

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To hear Sarah Barasebwa talk about her family's favorite possession, it sounds almost miraculous: it adds hours to her day, keeps her safe, saves firewood, has increased her crops and enables her son to go to school. What could accomplish all that? Her Save80 energy-saving stove and its aptly-named accompanying Wonderbox.

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DRC: Australians to Extend Support to the Women of Katanga - 17 February 2015

When Australia for UNHCR’s Deputy Director, Debra O’Neill, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year, she found a society torn apart by conflict. It is a poor country struggling with massive population displacement and appalling rates of sexual violence.

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Entrepreneurship: Tailor, Baker, Pizza Maker - Meet the Refugees Starting Businesses - 24 March 2015

As the sun rises over Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, the air fills with the comforting smell of baking pizza dough. The Pizzeria of Peace is just one of the many enterprises to spring up along Za’atri’s bustling main street over the past four years. It is a prime example of the entrepreneurial spirit of refugees who apply their skills to meet the needs of their new communities.

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Mozambique: Burundian refugee awarded top university prize - 29 December 2014

When the Chancellor of Lurio University announced that the best overall student in the graduating class of 2014 would be receiving their diploma directly from the then President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, 28 year old Burundian refugee Olivet Nyankuru never expected to hear his name called out.

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Central African Republic: UNHCR seeks rescue of ethnic group trapped in Yaloke - 24 December 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday expressed growing concern for hundreds of members of the ethnic Peuhl minority trapped for several months in the town of Yaloke. Adults and children among the 474 Muslim Peuhl in Yaloke have become severely malnourished. More than 30 per cent are suffering from malaria. And there are six known cases of tuberculosis. Since their arrival in Yaloke last April, 42 people among the group have died, while others are becoming weaker by the day.

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Eastern Congo: Beni region rocked by killings, rights abuses and fear - 22 December 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday called for humanitarian access to the Beni area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo amid a deteriorating security and human rights situation for the civilian population.

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LGBTI rights: UNHCR helps gay Congolese man to find a new home - 17 December 2014

When Junior Mayema's mother found out that he was gay, she arranged for him to be killed. Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) community is very common in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the help of UNHCR, Junior is starting a new life in the United States.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: rivals set an example for peace in Katanga village - 16 December 2014

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DRC: Hundreds of thousands flee violence in Katanga province's triangle of death - 19 November 2014

Violence in Congo's Katanga province has forced some 400,000 people to flee their homes since the end of 2012, bringing the total number of internally displaced people in the province to nearly 600,000. The UN refugee agency has described the humanitarian situation in the DRC as "catastrophic".

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DRC: Child's play with a serious message for teenagers in eastern Congo - 14 November 2014

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GENEVA: Cross-border raids hinder relocation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon - 3 November 2014

The UN refugee agency on Friday said it was very concerned about growing insecurity in border areas between Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing insurgent attacks have sought refuge in the past weeks.

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DRC: Cash grants transform life in Congo camp for Central African Republic refugees - 4 October 2014

The market in Mole refugee camp was buzzing on a recent Saturday morning, with stalls selling everything from fish, goat meat, cassava and vegetables to clothes, cosmetics, household items and electronic equipment.

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TANZANIA: UNHCR staff reunite long-separated mother and daughters in Tanzania - 2 October 2014

Eleven years ago, newly widowed Congolese refugee Sifa Risasi put her two young daughters in the care of a neighbour and ran away from a camp in Tanzania after hearing that her in-laws wanted to marry her off to her husband's brother. Earlier this year, thanks to UNHCR staff she was finally reunited with her girls, unaware that they had been living in the same camp for five years.

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GENEVA: UNHCR's governing ExCom renews commitment to Africa's refugees - 30 September 2014

The UN refugee agency's Executive Committee (ExCom), made a fresh commitment in Geneva on Tuesday, to preventing humanitarian emergencies in Africa and ending protracted displacement situations on the continent.

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GENEVA: With displacement at a record high, UNHCR urges rethink of global humanitarian financing - 30 September 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that the global humanitarian system has become dangerously overstretched by new crises in the Middle East and Africa and continuing unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and elsewhere and that growth in global humanitarian funding is not keeping pace with accelerating needs.

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GENEVA: UN Refugee Chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa - 29 September 2014

The head of the UN refugee agency warned the international community on Monday about the risks of overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa, calling for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement.

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DRC: Congolese refugee music-lover charts his way to success - 26 September 2014

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DRC: Capoeira brings leisure and peace-building for refugees in northern DR Congo - 19 September 2014

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DRC: Angola Repatriation - Antonio returns home after 40 years in DR Congo - 29 August 2014

Antonio is one of 30,000 former refugees across the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have opted for return to Angola. Earlier this month, he was among a first group of more than 400 Angolans to return, kicking off an operation to finally end one of Africa's most protracted refugee situations. Others will be returning from Katanga province while 18,000 wish to remain and are in the process of local integration.

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BURUNDI: Hounded from home, raped Congolese woman seeks refugee in Burundi - 28 August 2014

Four months ago, Mama Monique* was dragged out of her home in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and raped by four armed men, who had just murdered her husband.

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CANADA: Sisters with a Message - Our music will go where our feet can't reach - 26 August 2014

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DRC: Angolans head homewards by train from Democratic Republic of Congo - 19 August 2014

A group of 500 Angolans headed homewards by train on Tuesday as the UN refugee agency launched a repatriation programme to end one of Africa's most protracted refugee situations.

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DRC: UNHCR completes challenging repatriation of almost 120,000 Congolese refugees - 6 August 2014

The UN refugee agency has successfully completed the voluntary repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of almost 120,000 refugees from neighbouring Republic of Congo.

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DRC: The importance of being educated - 3 February 2014

The worst thing about being a refugee for many of the young people in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo is missing out on their education.

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DRC: Friendship triumphs over prejudice amid violence in Central African Republic - 13 January 2014

Edgar and his family are exhausted after fleeing the sectarian violence in Central African Republic. They say they escaped thanks to their Muslim neighbours.

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UGANDA: Thousands cross into Uganda to escape fighting in South Sudan - 8 January 2014

More than 23,500 people have fled South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda, while others have sought shelter in Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan to escape the violence.

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CONGO: Thousands of Central Africans flee to Republic of Congo to escape violence - 23 December 2013

The sectarian violence ravaging Bangui and other parts of Central African Republic has spread south to the Lobaye prefecture, forcing thousands to flee to Republic of the Congo.

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DRC: Desperation drives Central African civilians to risk river route to safety - 18 December 2013

Significant numbers of people are continuing to risk their lives to cross the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Bangui, Central African Republic, where violence and killing continues to spread fear.

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UGANDA: Q&A - Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell visits Congolese refugees - 22 November 2013

The author of the popular Wallander books has long been interested in refugees, particularly in Africa. He recently joined UNHCR on a field mission in Uganda.

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UGANDA: Rebellion's end in Democratic Republic of Congo comes too late for one family - 6 November 2013

Uwimana lost her parents and two siblings when artillery fire hit her home. She fled to Uganda, where she watched a brother die in hospital. She never wants to return.

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UGANDA: Fresh fighting triggers new Congolese refugee inflow to Uganda - 5 November 2013

Around 10,000 people are estimated by Ugandan authorities to have fled into Uganda - running along the roads in fear and panic, with some bringing possessions and livestock.

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UGANDA: UNHCR monitors returns to North Kivu from Uganda, prepares to help returnees - 4 November 2013

Once full military control and civilian authority is established, the repatriation of tens of thousands of forcibly displaced people could become a reality.

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UGANDA: More than 10,000 Congolese civilians flee to Uganda to escape fighting in North Kivu - 31 October 2013

In a separate development in north-eastern DRC, some 4,000 to 6,000 refugees have crossed into Uganda's north-west region from Orientale province.

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DRC: Refugee from Republic of Congo finds "promised land" in UNHCR-run camp - 9 October 2013

In Boyabo refugee camp, Jean seems quite relaxed and even happy, but he is still hurting – mentally over his mother's murder and physically from a beating.

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GENEVA: Nansen Refugee Award Winner Angélique Namaika: a Profile - 1 October 2013

Sister Angélique nearly died of illness as a child. She lived with suffering – now she helps others who have been through terrible ordeals.

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GENEVA: UNHCR chief presents Nansen Refugee Award to inspiring Congolese nun - 1 October 2013

Nansen winner Sister Angélique Namaika says the prize is also for all the women, girls and children abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group.

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UGANDA: A refugee family's search for peace leads to Uganda's Kyangwali settlement - 25 September 2013

As a convoy arrives at the Kyangwali refugee settlement, the patriarch of one family on board the buses recalls their flight to Uganda and determination to go together.

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DRC: From Lord's Resistance Army captive to tailor, teen gets a second chance - 20 September 2013

Rose is married and expecting her second child. But she was in a bad place until she met this year's Nansen Refugee Award winner and started rebuilding her life and learning a skill.

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DRC: The shared bond between Nansen winner and those she helps - 17 September 2013

Inspirational Roman Catholic nun, Sister Angélique Namaika, regards the girls she has assisted as her daughters, whose broken lives she has helped to rebuild.

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DRC: Once Congolese refugees in CAR, now they shelter former hosts fleeing CAR - 11 September 2013

Congolese civilians in northern provinces have repeatedly fled to Central African Republic over the years, but now 40,000 refugees from CAR have flooded into DRC.

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GENEVA: Inspirational Congolese Nun Wins UN Refugee Agency top Honour - 17 September 2013

UNHCR announces this year’s winner of the Nansen Refugee Award.

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DRC: UNHCR helps more than 100,000 refugees return to northern Democratic Republic of Congo - 4 September 2013

Anuarite Malanga, aged 31, was identified as the 100,000th person to return home from Republic of Congo with UNHCR help under a programme launched last year.

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UGANDA: Innovation - Briquette-making project helps protect women in Ugandan camp - 12 August 2013

More than 200 households in Uganda's Nakivale refugee camp are taking part in a pilot project aimed at introducing simpler, cheaper and cleaner cooking.

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UGANDA: Disability is not inability – refugee turns entrepreneur hours after fleeing - 1 August 2013

All it takes is a shady tree and a charcoal-heated soldering iron, and a Congolese refugee repairman already is making money in Uganda.

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DRC: UNHCR statistics show alarming rise in rape and violence against women in North Kivu - 31 July 2013

The UN refugee agency warned on Tuesday that recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province is uprooting more civilians and exposing an increasing number of women, girls and men to rape.

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GENEVA: UNHCR concerned about civilians amid continued instability in North Kivu - 24 July 2013

After nearly two weeks of fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday it was concerned about the situation of civilians in the area of conflict.

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UGANDA: Born in Exile - Uganda's newest refugee transit centre delivers its first baby - 22 July 2013

Hidden away among the rows of identical tents lives Bubukwanga transit centre's youngest inhabitant – three-day-old Andrea Bandora.

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UGANDA: UNHCR struggles to keep up with arriving Congolese refugees - 22 July 2013

A week after Congolese civilians began fleeing into western Uganda, the UN refugee agency is trying to reach the thousands of people still spread across hills along the border, and simultaneously to manage the situation at an increasingly crowded transit facility further into Uganda.

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UGANDA: 14,000 Congolese refugees move to Ugandan transit centre as tensions rise with locals - 19 July 2013

More than 14,000 Congolese refugees have moved voluntarily to a transit centre in western Uganda's Bundibugyo district but tension is rising between locals and thousands of people still camped in a school closer to the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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UGANDA: UNHCR helps traumatized children who fled DR Congo alone - 18 July 2013

The tens of thousands of Congolese who fled to Uganda in the past week include one very vulnerable group – unaccompanied children like Jean, an orphan.

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UGANDA: UNHCR fears for welfare of Congolese refugees in Uganda hills; worried about fighting near Goma - 17 July 2013

With a new emergency under way in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNHCR and its partners have been rushing to help the tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the violence into western Uganda's Bundibugyo district. The refugees, who began arriving last Thursday, are spread out along the hilly border area, where conditions are tough and getting help to them is difficult.

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UGANDA: UNHCR rushes aid as 66,000 Congolese refugees stream into western Uganda - 16 July 2013

The UN refugee agency is providing emergency shelter, blankets and other essential relief items to some 66,000 Congolese refugees who have fled fighting for the safety of western Uganda in the last five days.

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SOUTH AFRICA: A Congolese mother and her sons regain hope in Cape Town - 11 July 2013

Under UNHCR's Protection Needs Assessment (PNA) programme, Mzuji and her sons were identified late February in Cape Town as vulnerable. They were interviewed for resettlement and will be moved to a safer location. It is a long process, but just being considered has given them – and other refugees – hope.

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DRC: UNHCR urges protection for civilians amid fresh fighting in DR Congo - 23 May 2013

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, May 22 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Wednesday it was concerned about the latest outbreak of heavy fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged all parties to ensure the safety of civilians.

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ROMANIA: In Romania, Congolese refugee does as the Romanians do - 11 May 2013

BUCHAREST, Romania, May 10 (UNHCR) – Jean-Louis Kialoungou's love affair with Romania began before he even arrived here in the mid-1990s, and over the years the Congolese refugee has become more Romanian than most Romanians.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges governments against forcible returns to Central African Republic - 30 April 2013

GENEVA, April 30 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has advised governments worldwide against forcibly returning people to the Central African Republic (CAR). This is in light of the current fluid and dangerous situation in the country, including the wide prevalence of human rights violations and the grave and deteriorating humanitarian situation.

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DRC: Hundreds more flee Central African Republic to escape fresh violence - 16 April 2013

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday called for an end to violence in Central African Republic (CAR) after fresh fighting in the capital, Bangui, forced hundreds more people to flee the country.

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DRC: UNHCR chief urges international support for Central African Republic and DR Congo - 12 April 2013

WOROBE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 12 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Friday called on the international community to increase its support for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), which have both been facing major humanitarian crises for more than a decade.

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World Water Day: Water brings life to refugee village in Uganda, and income to one family - 22 March 2013

NAKIVALE, Uganda, March 22 (UNHCR) – Iraguha Nkuriza Ferecian casts carefully measures chemicals into three large metal vats of scummy water from Lake Nakivale, then climbs down a rickety ladder, secure in the knowledge that in just three hours he’ll be well on his way to supplying clean water to thousands of fellow Congolese refugees in this settlement in Uganda.

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DRC: Newly displaced in eastern Congo need urgent assistance - 20 March 2013

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 20 (UNHCR) – Thousands of internally displaced people in the Masisi territory are in urgent need of basic humanitarian assistance following the latest fighting in the troubled region.

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GENEVA: Future remains bleak for Democratic Republic of the Congo - 9 March 2013

GENEVA, March 8 (UNHCR) – UNHCR's operation in the sprawling Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the biggest and most diverse that it runs in the world. A staff of around 400 people, headed by Regional Representative Stefano Severe, provide protection and aid to hundreds of thousands of people, including refugees, internally displaced Congolese and returnees in rural and urban areas.

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UGANDA: On the run, alone and young: Congolese children flee to Uganda - 7 February 2013

NYAKABANDE TRANSIT CENTRE, Uganda, February 7 (UNHCR) – UNHCR staff have become used to seeing children arriving on their own at the Nyakabande Transit Centre in recent months.

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UGANDA: Young Congolese men fear forced recruitment, flee to Uganda - 25 December 2012

NYAKABANDE TRANSIT CENTRE, Uganda, December 24 (UNHCR) – Marc,* Philippe* and Georges* are all young, fit and male – ideal material for forced military recruitment. That's why the 20-year-olds fled their homes, like thousands of other young men living in fear of being forced to fight in eastern Democratic of the Congo's (DRC) endless conflict.

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DRC: UNHCR still concerned about security situation in camps near Goma - 18 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 18 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said the security situation at the Mugunga III camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to be a serious concern. Soldiers and unidentified armed men continue to be present in and around the camp in North Kivu province, fuelling worries among the thousands of IDPs living there.

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DRC: Grave human rights abuses as thousands continue to flee in South Kivu - 10 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 7 (UNHCR) – Attention has been focused in recent weeks on the power struggle between government troops and M23 rebel forces in Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province and the massive population displacement and suffering that followed. But terrible things have also been happening in neighbouring South Kivu province and the protection needs there are great.

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DRC: Refugees return to northern Congo, but concerns remain - 5 December 2012

Martine and her two children had fled the other way across the Oubangui and sought refuge in Republic of the Congo, along with tens of thousands of other civilians, when inter-ethnic clashes erupted in DRC's Equateur province in 2009. The violence between the Munzaya and Enyele tribes centred on traditional fishing and farming rights and forced more than 140,000 people to flee to Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. A further 100,000 people were displaced within Equateur but most have returned home as conditions improved. UNHCR has been involved in conflict resolution and reconciliation efforts in Equateur, including funding a new community radio station in Dongo last year. The refugee agency also supports efforts to ease the reintegration of returnees.

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DRC: UNHCR concern for IDPs after camp attack in eastern Congo - 4 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 4 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it was worried about the security of displaced people and aid workers in camps in eastern Congo after a weekend attack on the Mugunga III camp outside Goma.

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DRC: Rising malaria health threat for Congolese refugees in Uganda - 3 December 2012

RWAMWANJA, Uganda, December 3 (UNHCR) – After surviving the trauma of forced displacement and insecurity, thousands of Congolese refugees are facing a new and potentially fatal danger in Uganda – malaria.

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DRC: Inter-agency mission assesses return conditions in North Kivu region - 1 December 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 30 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has led a joint mission to assess security conditions in an area of eastern Congo that thousands of recently displaced people have started returning to and found the situation generally "calm."

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DRC: UNHCR and partners step up Congo aid efforts amid uncertainty - 28 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 28 (UNHCR) – Amid continuing political uncertainty in the eastern Congo, UNHCR and its partners have been stepping up efforts to assist tens of thousands of displaced people.

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DRC: UNHCR concerned about situation of displaced in North Kivu - 26 November 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 23 (UNHCR) – With continuing fighting in North Kivu on Friday, UNHCR said it was extremely concerned about the situation of displaced Congolese civilians in the province, especially children and other vulnerable groups.

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