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Aid Group: Displaced Children in Great Lakes Region of Africa at Risk of Sexual Abuse

VOA News - February 26, 2007

World VisionThe aid group World Vision is urging governments and the international community to tackle poverty and war in the Great Lakes region of Africa, where, the group says, displaced children are especially at risk of being sexually exploited. Cathy Majtenyi reports for VOA from Nairobi.
Illegal Carve-up of Congo Rainforests

Greenpeace - February 26, 2007

Illegal loggin in Congo forestThe second largest rainforest in the world -- after the Amazon -- sits in the Congo basin of Africa. Around 21 million hectares (over 51 million acres) of this pristine forest are being illegally logged. We've released new evidence of the extent of this forest crime.
Congo PM Pledges Good Governance, Justice

VOA News - February 22, 2007

Antoine GizengaThe prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has told parliament good governance and justice will be his government's guiding principles. Franz Wild attended his speech and files this report for VOA from Kinshasa.
DRC Army Officials: At Least 23 Killed in Skirmishes With Rebel Militias

VOA News - February 22, 2007

Congo-DRC mapArmy officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say several days of skirmishes with rebel militias have killed at least 23 fighters, mostly among the militias.
Army and police continue to violate civilians' human rights, says UN mission

UN News Centre - February 21, 2007

Congo soldiers in BuniaThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported that the human rights situation in the country continues to deteriorate, as the army and police perpetrate acts of violence against civilians and the number of reported rapes surges.
Ex-militiamen get life for murdering UN soldiers

IRIN - February 21, 2007

UN peacekeepers in CongoA military tribunal in Ituri District, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has sentenced five former militiamen to life imprisonment for killing two United Nations military observers in 2003.
UN welcomes life terms imposed on murderers of two peacekeepers

UN News Centre - February 21, 2007

UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the life sentences handed down by a Congolese court on four men convicted of murdering two UN military observers in 2003 as well as life terms given 13 others accused of massacring civilians last year.
Child soldier recruitment continues

IRIN - February 19, 2007

Congo child soldiersThe recruitment of child soldiers has continued in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), despite the government's efforts to integrate former militia into the army, a local human rights official has said."Armed groups have even forcibly enlisted demobilised former child soldiers,"Murhabazi Namegabe, head of a local non-governmental organisation, the Bureau pour le Volontariat au service de l'Enfance et de la Sante, said in the capital, Kinshasa.
Congo's President Meets New Government

VOA News - February 17, 2007

Antoine GizengaDemocratic Republic of Congo's new government has presented itself to President Joseph Kabila, over two months after he was sworn into office.
UN Security Council extends MONUC's mandate until April 15

UN News Service - February 16, 2007

Ban Ki-moonIn a unanimously adopted resolution on Thursday February 15 2007, the UN Security Council extended MONUC's mandate until April 15 2007, highlighting that the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to pose "a threat to international peace and security in the region."



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