• 08/04/2014
    Severe conflict is underway in Katanga Province. Villages across northern Katanga have been razed, forcing as many as 540,000 people to flee. Thousands of human rights violations – including killings, torture, and sexual violence – have been committed by the Mai Mai Bakata Katanga rebel group, Bantu and Pygmy self-defense militias, and members of the Congolese military.
  • 03/04/2013
    Refugees International strongly recommends the activation of a national-level CCCM cluster to jointly address the needs of displaced persons living in CCCM camps as well as those living in spontaneous settlements and with host families. To ensure that spontaneous sites are given equal priority, RI recommends that UNHCR and IOM co-lead the national cluster and work collaboratively to support displaced persons according to their needs and irrespective of their location. RI further recommends the creation of a Strategic Advisory Group to include government representatives, key UN agencies, and relevant NGO partners.
  • 12/10/2012
    As the situation once again dramatically deteriorates in eastern Congo, the U.S. response to the crisis has patently failed and is out of step with other Western nations. The United States must take immediate steps to address meaningfully one of the greatest ongoing humanitarian crises of our generation.
  • 10/08/2009
    As donors, including the U.S. and EU, meet next week to discuss in particular security sector reform in the DRC, we would like to urge you, as the Special Envoy for the Africa Great Lakes region, to take the following recommendations into account.
  • 09/28/2009
    I would like to thank you for your letter dated September 22. My colleagues and I appreciate the time that you took to respond to our latest DRC field report in detail. I want to stress at the outset that in the case of MONUC Refugees International’s basic approach is critical support --- we may point out problems and deficiencies, but always from a core perspective of appreciating the work that you do and the vital role that MONUC plays in developing a stable Congo where its people can live in safety and dignity.
  • 08/10/2009
    Refugees International (RI) is pleased to learn of your decision to visit Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo on August 11th. Very few Secretaries of State take the time to visit embattled, isolated places such as the eastern Congo and your decision to do so shows admirable commitment to easing the suffering of the Congolese people.
  • 02/09/2009
    Même avant le déclenchement des activités militaires principales, les opérations conjointes ont déjà provoqué des déplacements majeurs au Nord et Sud Kivu. Si l’évaluation des chiffres n’est que provisoire, de nombreuses personnes se sont enfuies suite au début des combats et aux avertissements de combat imminent, ainsi que tout simplement par peur, venant s’ajouter aux 1,2 million de personnes déjà déplacées au cours des précédentes vagues de combat.
  • 02/09/2009

    Even before the main thrust of military action has begun, the joint operations have already sparked significant displacement in North and South Kivu. While estimates of numbers remain tentative, people have fled in response to warnings of imminent combat, actual outbreaks of fighting, and just plain fear, adding to the 1.2 million already displaced in earlier waves of fighting.

  • 02/08/2008

    The nations of Africa have a long history of insecurity and instability. Today, the continent holds the highest number of people displaced due to conflict in the world, and their access to basic services such as clean water, food, healthcare and education is largely inadequate.

  • 01/29/2007

    MONUC, the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission, has played a crucial role in the DRC’s progress, but now needs to evolve to help consolidate peace while leading efforts to rebuild. While peace has returned to many parts of the east, pockets of insecurity, abuse, displacement, and need persist.