DRC – 19 August 2015

$2 million to help victims of DR Congo ethnic strike: UN
Some $2 million in international funding will go to help victims of the conflict between rival Pygmy and Bantu fighters that has forced thousands from their homes in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said Tuesday.
The money will allow the United Nations and NGOs to provide emergency shelters, food and essential household items to over 60,000 people affected by the crisis, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

UN Mission Must Withdraw from DRC, Says Chief
The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, told reporters Monday the mission – MONUSCO – must withdraw from the country. Kobler said the recent decision by Ethiopian Airlines to restart flights to Goma in eastern Congo is a welcome step toward MONUSCO’s withdrawal.
Kobler spoke at Goma airport after landing there aboard an Ethiopian Airlines jet.
Voice of America

An Election Crisis In Democratic Republic Of Congo Could Mean War – Analysis
Back in January, the capital of Kinshasa and other cities were rocked by widespread protests when Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila’s regime tried to pass a law requiring a national census to be held before future elections. The opposition reacted furiously, accusing the president, who has been in power since 2001, of seeking to prolong his term in office. Eventually the census proposal was dropped and the government backed off, announcing that presidential elections would be held in November 2016
Geopolitical Monitor