May 29, 2014
| Michelle Brown
| Tagged as: Africa, Congress, DR Congo, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security, Women & Children
In 2011, Bakata Katanga, a Mai Mai group with a self-proclaimed secessionist agenda, began terrorizing civilians in the area between the towns of Manono, Pweto and Mitwaba – known as the “Triangle of Death.” The affected area continues to grow. Bakata Katanga has burned entire villages to the ground, has raped, looted, and conscripted children.
May 27, 2014
| Michael Boyce
| Tagged as: Africa, Congress, DR Congo, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises
In November 2012, the city of Goma, capital of North Kivu Province in
the Democratic Republic of Congo, was on high alert. The notorious M23
rebel group had just taken over, pushing out the Congolese armed forces
and rolling past the bases of United Nations peacekeepers. A young mother named Angelique was among tens of thousands of
Congolese who fled to Goma from the nearby territory of Masisi. A year and a half later, Angelique, her husband, and their six
children are still in a camp, living in tiny shelters made of sticks
and volcanic rocks.
May 23, 2014
| Sarnata Reynolds
| Tagged as: Congress, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Americas, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises
The rapid rise and proliferation of organized crime and gang violence in
Mexico has resulted in as many as 70,000 deaths in just the last seven
years. Extortion, rape, forced disappearance, and kidnapping are
rampant. Unfortunately, the involvement of public officials and police
officers in some of these events has caused victims and survivors to
distrust the government, refuse to seek out formal avenues of justice,
and take up independent means of protecting themselves.
May 22, 2014
| Mark Yarnell
| Tagged as: Africa, Congress, South Sudan, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children
Since fighting broke out in South Sudan last December, more than a million people have
been forced from their homes. The UN estimates that a staggering $1.8
billion is needed to fund the response to the crisis through 2014, of
which only 30% had been secured by mid-May. On Tuesday, donor governments met in Oslo to pledge funding for humanitarian aid.