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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.
Government seeks help for 75,000 IDPs

IRIN - July 31, 2007

Congo internal refugeeThe Democratic Republic of Congo's Humanitarian Affairs Minister Jean-Claude Muyambo has said there were 75,000 homeless people in the two biggest cities, adding to a growing number of internally displaced people (IDPs) countrywide.
Conviction of Government soldiers in DR Congo welcomed by UN mission

UN News - July 30, 2007

The United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the conviction by a Congolese court of nine Government soldiers for killing 31 unarmed civilians last year.


UN Accuses DRC of Excessive Force in Quashing Protests

VOA News - July 28, 2007

Louise ArbourA report Friday by the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights accuses the Democratic Republic of Congo of using excessive force in putting down protests in the Bas-Congo province early this year. More than 100 people were reportedly killed during the clashes.
UN report deplores excessive use of deadly force, impunity in poll clashes

UN News - July 27, 2007

Bunda Dia Kongo violence in Bas-Congo provinceWhile both the security forces and protestors claiming electoral fraud shared responsibility for deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) earlier this year, the high death toll pointed to an excessive use of lethal force by the army and police, who are now enjoying impunity, the United Nations reported today.



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