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DR Congo threatens war on rebels

BBC News - November 23, 2007

Congo soldiersThe head of the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo says he has given up all hope of a peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Congo.
UN to Help DRC Disarm Rebels by Force

VOA News - November 23, 2007

General GayeA United Nations military official says U.N. peacekeepers will help the Democratic Republic of Congo's army disarm eastern rebels by force. In comments broadcast on local U.N. radio Thursday, General Babacar Gaye said all peaceful means to make the rebels lay down their weapons have been used up.
The deserted village - a casualty of North Kivu's continuing conflict

IRIN - November 22, 2007

IDP in North Kivu - CongoIt may only be a short walk from its bustling neighbour Sake, but Kimoka is a ghost town. Homes are abandoned, the school is deserted and the brand new church empty. Light streams in through the open door onto huge leather drums beside the pulpit. When the congregation fled, the drums became redundant. Now the only percussion comes from the small arms fire echoing through the mountains.
Clashes prompt new wave of IDPs as army readies for offensive

IRIN - November 22, 2007

North Kivu - CongoMany civilians have fled the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Rutshuru amid fresh clashes between regular and dissident soldiers - renegade troops who the head of the army announced would soon be disarmed by force.
States must arrest International Criminal Court suspects, official says at UN

UN News - November 22, 2007

International Criminal Court - ICCThe International Criminal Court (ICC) has created a working body of law since its inception and the onus is now on States Parties to enforce the court's decisions, especially its arrest warrants, and bring in war crimes suspects so they can face trial, Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said today.
MONUC: Mobile operational bases aid refugee return in eastern DRC

MONUC - November 21, 2007

MONUC press conference in DR CongoNearly 3,000 households that were displaced between February and September 2007, following confrontations between the FARDC and the militia of the FNI, have now returned to their homes.
Government announces end of Ebola outbreak

IRIN - November 20, 2007

Ebola - CongoHealth officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, which claimed the lives of 21 of the 26 people infected in the Kasai Occidental province, is now over.
UN inquiry opens into sexual abuse allegations against peacekeeper

UN News - November 19, 2007

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today that an independent investigation has begun into allegations of violent sexual abuse by a soldier serving with the force in the troubled northeast of the country.
232 children released from Mayi Mayi forces in the Kivus by UNICEF and partners

UNICEF - November 17, 2007

Congo child soldiersUNICEF and Save the Children, in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) have secured the release of 232 children from Mayi Mayi forces over the last few days. 182 children were separated from the Mayi Mayi Baleine Brigade in Beni, North Kivu last week. Their release follows an intensive media and outreach campaign on the non-recruitment and non-use of children by armed groups.
Insecurity prompts political crisis in South Kivu

IRIN - November 16, 2007

South KivuDemocratic Republic of Congo's war-ravaged province of South Kivu has been plunged into a political crisis after the governor rejected the provincial assembly's decision to sack him for mismanagement.







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