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Aid arrives for displaced thousands but fears over safety persist

IRIN - February 16, 2006

Despite relief aid having reached some 6,000 war-displaced people in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), humanitarian officials are worried that tentative calm in the area could deteriorate.


Humanitarian action plan a turning point, UN envoy says

IRIN - February 14, 2006

A US $681 million humanitarian action plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) launched by the United Nations and the European Commission seeks to meet the needs of 30 million vulnerable Congolese.


The peculiar terror that is northern Katanga

IRIN - February 13, 2006

Two explosions from heavy weapons echoed from the eastern shore of Lake Upemba across the glassy waters to a tiny island formed from dead reeds. Displaced families were huddled there, under a makeshift shelter that was slowly sinking into the sludge.


Rape on the rise in North Kivu, as fighting displaces 70,000

IRIN - February 10, 2006

Incidents of rape have risen sharply along the Kanyabayonga-Kayna road in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu Province, where fighting between the army and renegade soldiers has displaced at least 70,000 people, according to humanitarian workers.


Fighting in the Kivus displaces 55,000

IRIN - February 9, 2006

At least 55,000 people have been displaced in North and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a result of fighting between the army and armed groups, according to humanitarian agencies.


Supreme court confirms referendum results

IRIN - February 6, 2006

The Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the results of a constitutional referendum held on 18 December 2005, in which 84.3 percent of the votes cast were in favour of the draft constitution, the court's president, Lwamba Bindu, said.


Continued attacks in North Kivu leave 37,000 IDPs without aid

IRIN - February 3, 2006

At least 37,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without humanitarian relief because of continued attacks by military insurgents in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said.


Military insurgents resume attacks in North Kivu

IRIN - February 1, 2006

Renewed attacks by military insurgents in North Kivu Province, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have cut short an interagency mission to evaluate humanitarian needs in area, an official of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Office (OCHA) has said.


Football: No Major Surprises as African Championship Group Stage Ends

VOA News - January 31, 2006

The last group matches of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament under way in Egypt were played Tuesday. And the countries favored to win the trophy are still in the competition.


UN Security Council Urges Security Agreement for Africa's Great Lakes Region

VOA News - January 29, 2006

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution aimed at bringing security to Africa's troubled Great Lakes region.





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