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DRC President Will Head Regional African Economic Body

VOA News - October 31, 2007

Joseph Kabila and Denis Sassou NguessoThe Economic Community of Central African States has named Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to be its next head.  Analysts say Mr. Kabila, who has been accused of human rights abuses and corruption in his own country, is nevertheless a smart choice for the regional body.&
United States Support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

US Department of State Office of the Spokesman - October 31, 2007

We support the Congolese people in their efforts to promote peace and democratic values in the post-transition period. Our assistance helps to consolidate peace through efforts to revitalize the economy, enhance national security, deliver basic services, and strengthen governance and rule of law. In FY07, we provided over $462 million in assistance to the DRC, including $77 million in development, and security assistance, $85 million in humanitarian assistance (including refugee support) and $300 million to support the peace keeping mission.


MONUC denounces the presence of children in FARDC's ranks

MONUC - October 31, 2007

MONUCAt its weekly press conference this Wednesday on 31October, 2007, MONUC declared that around 200 children are enrolled in the FARDC, particularly among brigades deployed to North Kivu. MONUC also indicated that the expulsions of Congolese citizens from Angola to Kasai Occidental continue.
Displaced Congolese Face Rape, Disease, Violence in North Kivu

VOA News - October 30, 2007

The ongoing fighting and violence in the North Kivu region of the DRC continues to displace many people, who are now seeking safety and medical care. Women are frequent victims of rape.


DRC North Kivu Militia Leader Surrenders to UN

VOA News - October 29, 2007

MONUCU.N. and Congolese officials say a local militia leader has surrendered to peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive North Kivu province. The officials say Mai Mai militia leader Kibamba Kasereka turned himself over to U.N. forces earlier Saturday after his fighters were surrounded by government troops.
Bush Meets DRC President Kabila at White House

VOA News - October 26, 2007

Joseph Kabila and George Bush in the Oval Office on 10.26.2007U.S. President George Bush and Congolese President Joseph Kabila met at the White House Friday to talk about economic development and efforts to re-establish security in eastern Congo.
President Bush Meets with President Kabila

White House - October 26, 2007

George Bush and Joseph KabilaWe talked about the need to work together to help consolidate the gains. We talked about the need to -- for the United States to partner with the country to help on economic development. One of the things the President recognizes is the need for there to be investment in his country, so people can find work, and the stability that comes with economic development. And I appreciate your recognition of the opportunity to work together.
Ban Ki-moon deeply concerned about increased suffering in DRC, as fighting continues in North Kivu

United Nations Secretary-General - October 25, 2007

Ban Ki-moonThe Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the increased displacement, human suffering and sexual violence in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a result of fighting in the area between Congolese forces, dissident troops and armed militias, as well as elements of the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR).
Caught in a web of clashes between armed groups

IRIN - October 25, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaAt Masisi hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, ill and wounded women shifted uncomfortably in their beds as several men and youths in uniform picked at bandages covering their gunshot wounds.
Nkunda's men fail to show up at integration centre

IRIN - October 25, 2007

General Nkunda in masisi - CongoSome 200 men under the command of dissident Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) General Laurent Nkunda failed to show up at a centre for integrating armed groups into the regular army, a UN official said - a day after Nkunda's top aide announced their handover.



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