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Democratic Republic of Congo Rebels Call for Cease Fire

VOA News - September 6, 2007

General Nkunda in masisi - CongoIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, the rebel leader of the National Congress for the People's Defense, General Laurent Nkunda, has called on the government to stop attacking his rebels and come to the peace-negotiating table. His call came after the government, backed by the United Nations, attacked rebel positions with helicopter gunships in two parts of North Kivu province. The rebels are also asking the international community to put pressure on the Kinshasa government to come to the peace table.
Congolese Accuse UN of Failing to Halt Fighting

VOA News - September 5, 2007

CongoResidents in eastern Congo say the United Nations peacekeeping mission is not doing enough to stop the clashes that erupted this week between the army and renegade forces. The fighting has left dozens dead, and forced thousands of people to flee eastern villages.
Fresh Fighting Erupts in Eastern Congo

VOA News - September 4, 2007

Fresh clashes erupted in eastern Congo Monday between government forces and renegade troops, forcing large numbers of civilians to flee.


Concern as violence causes more displacement in North Kivu

IRIN - September 4, 2007

Congo - Rwanda borderThe UN Refugee Agency has expressed concern over the plight of thousands of civilians forced to flee worsening tension and fighting in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
World Health Organization Investigating Deadly Unknown Illness in Congo

VOA News - September 2, 2007

Medical experts with the U.N. World Health Organization are investigating an outbreak of an unknown illness with a high mortality rate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


12 Congolese National Police officers on UN mission for the first time

MONUC - September 1, 2007

Congo Policemen working for UNThursday 30 August 2007 marked the official handing over ceremony of UN berets for 12 National Congolese Police (PNC) officers, who will start 12 month tours of duty in UN peacekeeping missions in Haiti and the Ivory Coast. This historic occasion marks the first time ever that Congolese police officers will serve under the UN flag.
Newly internally displaced people flee rising tensions and insecurity

UNHCR - August 31, 2007

Kivu - Congo - IDPsThousands of newly internally displaced people are fleeing rising tensions and insecurity in the Masisi and Rutshuru districts of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The population of one of the makeshift camps at Mugunga, some 15 kilometers west of Goma, has doubled over the past three weeks, according to those staying there. Just four weeks ago, Mugunga hosted an estimated 9,000 internally displaced persons. Today, there are some 18,000.
Suspected haemorrhagic fever claims 100 in Kasai

IRIN - August 30, 2007

Kasai OccidentalAn epidemic suspected to be haemorrhagic fever has broken out in the Mweka area, about 100km north-west of Kananga, the administrative centre of Kasai Occidental province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with more than 100 deaths, according to health authorities.
Rebel group attacks gov't troops, takes control of Rubaya district in E. DRC

Xinhua - August 30, 2007

Laurent NkundaDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 's district of Rubaya in the region of Masisi in the eastern province of North-Kivu has been taken over by troops loyal to renegade general Laurent Nkunda after fierce clashes with DRC armed forces (FARDC), according to sources.
Journalist Rights Group in DRC Outraged Over Death Sentences

VOA News - August 29, 2007

Serge MahesheA journalist rights group is calling for a retrial in the Democratic Republic of Congo after four men were convicted Tuesday by a military court of killing a journalist and sentenced to death. Congolese police officials say justice has been served, but Reporters Without Borders says the trial has been a farce.



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