|Thousands of youth risk forced recruitment into militia|
IRIN - October 8, 2007
|"[The militia groups] are targeting schools," said Pernille Ironside, a protection officer in Goma with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). "We have had numerous reports of secondary schools and technical schools being targeted, and children generally over the age of 15 being at greatest risk of being recruited."|
|Refugees urge resumption of repatriation to Moba; UNHCR waits|
UNHCR - October 8, 2007
The UN refugee agency has told Congolese refugees anxious to return home from Zambia that it will only resume repatriation operations to Moba on Lake Tanganyika when the UN is able to return to the port town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
|Rape Epidemic Raises Trauma of Congo War (New York Times)|
New York Times - October 7, 2007
Eastern Congo is going through another one of its convulsions of violence, and this time it seems that women are being systematically attacked on a scale never before seen here. According to the United Nations, 27,000 sexual assaults were reported in 2006 in South Kivu Province alone, and that may be just a fraction of the total number across the country.
|UNHCR concerned over build-up of forces and military supplies in North Kivu|
UNHCR - October 7, 2007
|Over the past week, some 5,000 displaced people in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) took advantage of a lull in fighting between government forces, renegade troops and rebels, to find refuge at five sites for the displaced in the Mugunga area west of Goma. Some had walked for days to reach the sites.|
|Bush to Meet With Liberian, DRC Presidents|
VOA News - October 5, 2007
|The White House says President Bush will meet with his counterparts from Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Washington later this month.|
|UNDP launches new electoral support project for the DRC|
MONUC - October 5, 2007
|The new United Nations Development Programme's PACE project, which will support and assist the DRC electoral cycle from 2007 to 2011, was launched in Kinshasa on 4 October 2007. Initially the US$151 million project aims to assist and support the organisation and holding of the DRC local elections, envisaged for 2008.|
|Transport Minister Fired in DRC After Deadly Plane Crash|
VOA News - October 5, 2007
A Congolese government spokesman announced Friday that the country's transport minister has been fired for incompetence, after a deadly plane crash Thursday left at least 37 people dead.
|Thousands of refugees return home - UNHCR|
IRIN - October 4, 2007
|At least 43,000 refugees returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between January and October, with another 310,000 still in neighbouring countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).|
|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
|Conflicting 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.|