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Children Fight on Front Line of DRC War

VOA News - January 2, 2008

Congo child soldierMuch effort is made to stop the recruitment of child soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but aid agencies say thousands of children still fight on the front lines of the rebel war. United Nations officials say armed groups enter displacement camps to recruit, or forcibly recruit new fighters. Children who escape often are re-recruited and forced to fight again. Kari Barber reports from eastern Congo on what is being done to prevent child soldiers from re-entering the war.
Chinese Foreign Minister to visit four African countries

XINHUA - January 2, 2008

Yang JiechiChinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will pay formal visits to South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and Ethiopia from January 7th to 11th, foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu announced Wednesday.
Goma: MONUC supporting the FARDC for peace conference security

MONUC - January 2, 2008

MONUC press conference in DR CongoAt its weekly press conference of 2 January 2008, MONUC stated that DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) battalions were transported by helicopter in the past week to North-Kivu to ensure the security of the Goma peace conference, envisaged for 6 January. The mission also supplied isolated FARDC units, and those wounded were evacuated to Goma.
North Kivu: Inauguration of new military operations centre

MONUC - December 31, 2007

FARDC - GomaA new military operations centre for the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces) 8th military region was inaugurated in Goma in North Kivu province on 29 December 2007. The centre, which was financed by the FARDC and built by MONUC's Blue Helmets, is another testament to the support that MONUC brings to the FARDC in the restoration of peace in eastern DRC.
Goma: Launch of preparatory work for Kivus peace conference

MONUC - December 28, 2007

Vital KamerheThe preparatory work of the conference on peace, security and development in the Kivus was officially opened on Thursday 27 December 2007 in Goma by IEC president and conference coordinator Fr. Malu Malu. It also marked the beginning of a public awareness campaign for the conference which is scheduled from 6-14 January 2008.
Congo's Government Launches Offensive Against Rebels

VOA News - December 26, 2007

Congo army patrol in North-KivuThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has launched an offensive to root out renegade General Laurent Nkunda and other rebels who control parts of the country's east. Efforts to integrate the general and his rebels into the regular army have fallen apart, and now the military has taken up arms. Kari Barber has more.
Ban Ki-moon welcomes talks aimed at bringing peace to eastern DR Congo

UN News - December 24, 2007

Ban Ki-MoonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced hope that an upcoming peace summit to be held in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will help end a conflict that has caused tremendous suffering and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.
Security Council extends MONUC's mandate until 31 December 2008

MONUC - December 24, 2007

MONUC - Bas-CongoThe Security Council today extended the mandate and capacity of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) for one year, until 31 December 2008.
Climate change in the DRC and future challenges

MONUC - December 21, 2007

Congo Climate Change ConferenceA climate change conference was held in Kinshasa's Grand Hotel on 21 December 2007. Organised by the UNDP who launched the "World Report on Human Development 2007/2008", the conference defined the nature of climate change in the DRC, and presented the challenges for the future.
Security Council calls on DR Congo rebels to disarm, end child recruitment

UN News - December 21, 2007

Un Security CouncilConcerned at the worsening situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fighting has escalated between Government and renegade forces, the Security Council today demanded that all rebel groups lay down their arms and immediately stop recruiting children.

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