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Renowned Congolese musician Madilu System dies

Congo Planet - August 12, 2007

Madilu SystemeRenowned Congolese musician Madilu System passed away on Saturday at the University of Kinshasa Hospital Center after a short illness. He was 55.
New Bat, Frogs Among Six New Species Found in Eastern DR Congo

Wildlife Conservation Society - August 10, 2007

Eastern Congo ForestFor the planet's ever shrinking wilderness, a combination of political instability and geographic isolation could be seen as a blessing. In the few remaining places where human influence is light, nature can prosper?and even multiply.
Hell on earth - systematic rape in Eastern Congo

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (JHA) - August 10, 2007

Often the women are kidnapped while working in the fields or on the way to fetch water, food or firewood. Often kidnappings occur during raids of villages by armed attackers, who often come in groups of two to five.The victims are taken from the villages into the forest where they are held captive and are gang raped for days or months.


Court offers unique help scheme for victims

Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) - August 8, 2007

With nearly three million euros in the bank and a mandate to spend it helping war crimes victims, André Laperriere wasn't sure what to expect when he visited Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in June.


V-DAY, UNICEF call for end to rape, sexual torture against girls in eastern DRC

UNICEF - August 7, 2007

V-DAY, UNICEFHighlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), renowned playwright Eve Ensler has chronicled her first-hand encounters with women in eastern DRC, where sexual violence has become a routine weapon of war. Her account appears in Glamour magazine today.
Behind the violence in South Kivu

IRIN - August 3, 2007

South Kivu violence - CongoAs the attacks on UN staff on 1 August in Moba town demonstrated, tensions are running high in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While the protests were against rumours of UN support for the return of members of the Banyamulenge ethnic group, the persistent violence in the region draws in several armed groups, local and foreign. According to latest UN figures, there are over 1.1 million displaced in eastern DRC, mainly as a result of conflict.
UN Mission Sends More Supplies to Crash Victims in DRC

VOA News - August 3, 2007

The United Nations Mission In the Democratic Republic of Congo says it will be sending more doctors and medical supplies to central Congo where about 100 people are reportedly feared dead following a train derailment. The crash occurred in Kananga Wednesday in the remote part of the country after seven carriages of the train reportedly derailed.


At Least 100 Dead in DRC Train Accident

VOA News - August 2, 2007

Kananga,Congo DRCOfficials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say at least 100 people were killed when a train derailed in the central DRC late Wednesday.
Surge in gorilla killings in DR Congo sparks concern from UN official

UN News - August 1, 2007

Congo gorilla in Virunga National ParkThe head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sounded the alarm today over the fate of mountain gorillas living in a national park in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after another four were found slaughtered late last month.
'Pendulum displacement' in the Kivus

IRIN - August 1, 2007

Janet Furaha - IDPJanet Furaha fled the violence in her home area of Kaniola in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) South Kivu province in May to live with relatives in Walungu, but she has often returned to tend her farm.







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