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Bush to Meet With Liberian, DRC Presidents

VOA News - October 5, 2007

George Bush and Joseph KabilaThe 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

PNUD - CENIThe 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

Refugees return homeAt 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

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.

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