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At Least 19 Dead in Congo Plane Crash

VOA News - October 4, 2007

A cargo plane has crashed into a residential area near Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Officials say at least 19 people were killed, but it is unclear how many of the casualties were passengers and crew and how many were people on the ground.


UN says No Evidence Army, Rebel Groups Ally in Eastern Congo

VOA News - October 3, 2007

Congo - Rwanda borderConflicting reports are emerging from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo regarding an alleged alliance between Congo's army and outlaw Hutu and Mayi Mayi militias, aimed at purging a rebellion by dissident general Laurent Nkunda.
Helping former soldiers plant seeds for the future in DR Congo

UNICEF - October 3, 2007

Former soldier in CongoA decade after the United Nations issued Graça Machel's landmark report on children affected by armed conflict, the context of conflict has changed dramatically. A strategic review of the Machel report is now under way to address this issue for the next 10 years. Here is the first in a series of stories testifying to the importance of that review, 'Machel Plus 10'.
Monitoring of Ebola "must continue"

IRIN - October 3, 2007

Ebola outbreak in CongoHealth specialists agree that surveillance and monitoring of an Ebola epidemic have to be maintained, despite falls in the numbers of people affected in the province of Kasai Occidental in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
MONUC rejects claims of army link to militia groups

IRIN - October 3, 2007

MONUC - CongoThe UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has no evidence that the Congolese army has joined forces with outlawed Hutu and Mayi-Mayi militia groups to purge a rebellion by dissident army commander, Gen Laurent Nkunda, a spokesman for MONUC said on 3 October.
CDC scientists travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo to fight Ebola outbreak

CDC - October 1, 2007

CDC - AtlantaScientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support efforts to control an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in a remote province. Early reports described a range of symptoms in patients, making accurate clinical diagnosis impossible. Upon receipt of samples from the affected area, CDC scientists at the Special Pathogens Branch were able to diagnose Ebola virus infection in some patients. Evidence of Shigella dysenteriae and Salmonella typhi infection was also observed.
Ebola in DRC: Nearing control of the outbreak, but vigilance still required

MSF - October 1, 2007

Kasai OccidentalMédecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen a decrease in the number of admissions in its isolation unit in Kampungu, a village of 9,000 inhabitants which is the epicentre of the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Many thousands flee more fighting in eastern DR Congo, UN reports

UN News - October 1, 2007

Kivu - Congo - IDPsFresh fighting between Government forces, renegade troops and rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has uprooted yet more people, with new waves in the coming days expected to add to the over 100,000 who have already fled the latest conflict, United Nations agencies said today as they mobilized to face the crisis.
Review of Congo mining contracts marred by lack of transparency

Global Witness - October 1, 2007

Gecamines - KatangaThe integrity of a governmental review of mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being undermined by a lack of transparency and pressure to rush through the process as fast as possible, Global Witness said in a new briefing published today. Global Witness is calling on the government to publish the contracts, as well as the criteria for their evaluation, and to extend the period available for the review.
Army calls on rebels to integrate

IRIN - September 29, 2007

Laurent NkundaThe Congolese army has launched an appeal for militias loyal to renegade army general Laurent Nkunda, as well as other combatants and armed groups in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to be integrated into the army or be demobilised.



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