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Analyst: Violence in Eastern Congo Likely to Deteriorate

VOA News - September 14, 2007

The tense situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to deteriorate despite a declaration by renegade general Laurent Nkunda on Friday that he intends to integrate his forces into Congo's army, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group has said.


Military Escalation Likely in DRC Say Analysts

VOA News - September 14, 2007

The United Nations says Congolese president Joseph Kabila's latest comments on getting rebel forces to join the army marked a positive step towards bringing peace to the volatile North Kivu region, which has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks. Mr. Kabila called on the rebel fighters to rejoin the national army and said he would hold talks to solve the conflict in Kivu.


DRC Rebel Leader Nkunda Says Ready to Join Army

VOA News - September 14, 2007

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the leader of the rebel National Congress for the People's Defense, General Laurent Nkunda said his forces are ready to join the national army after their demands are met. This follows threats by DRC President Joseph Kabila for renegade soldiers in eastern Congo to rejoin the national army or face forcible disarmament.


Call to address sexual violence in the east

IRIN - September 14, 2007

Congo rape victimThe international community must take urgent action to eliminate rampant sexual violence in war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for AIDS in Africa, has said.
Kabila urges rebel leader to agree on army integration

IRIN - September 14, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaPresident Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged dissident General Laurent Nkunda to integrate his forces voluntarily into the national army or face force.
IRC sends emergency response team to volatile North Kivu

IRC - September 13, 2007

International Rescue CommitteeThe International Rescue Committee is dispatching an emergency team to North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to prepare for relief operations as escalating violence between rival fighters uproots tens of thousands of desperate civilians.
Ebola virus outbreak in central DR Congo claims 160 lives

UN News - September 12, 2007

Kasai OccidentalAt least 160 people have died in an outbreak of the highly lethal haemorrhagic Ebola virus in the centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, announcing that it is rushing medical and supplies to the region to try to contain the disease.
PNC: The restoration of state authority remains a priority

MONUC - September 12, 2007

John NumbiNational Congolese Police (PNC) chief Lieutenant General John Numbi said on his recent appointment that the PNC was going to do all to implement and restore state authority, in accordance with his new mandate. What are the measures being taken to ensure law and order and the security of the population and their property in Kinshasa? In an interview, John Numbi gives detailed answers on these and many other issues that face the PNC today.
Outbreak in Kasai Occidental confirmed as Ebola

IRIN - September 11, 2007

Ebola virusHealth authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have identified a fever outbreak that has claimed at least 167 lives in the southern province of Kasai Occidental as Ebola.
UN blue helmets help Congolese soldiers and families escape latest fighting

UN News - September 11, 2007

UN peacekeepers in CongoThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has helped more than 100 army soldiers, along with their wives and children, to evacuate from a town in the volatile far east of the country that has been the scene of fresh violence between armed groups at the weekend.



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