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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 28, 2014 | Mark Yarnell | Tagged as: Africa, South Sudan, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, Women & Children
Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution that revises the mandate for the UN Mission in South Sudan. The Mission will now focus on four key tasks: protection of civilians; monitoring and investigating human rights; creating the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance; and supporting the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.
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.