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Hundreds flee fighting in Ituri District

IRIN - March 1, 2006

Hundreds of civilians have been displaced by fighting between United Nations-supported government troops and militiamen in the northeastern province of Orientale in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bunia, Ituri District.


Parliament adopts electoral law, poll schedule

IRIN - February 22, 2006

Parliament has adopted a bill giving the Independent Electoral Commission 110 days to organise national democratic elections as soon as Congo's President Joseph Kabila signs the document into law, the commission's second vice-president, Norbert Bansegezi Kantintima, said on Wednesday.


Congo gets new constitution, new flag

IRIN - February 20, 2006

President Joseph Kabila has promulgated the Democratic Republic of Congo's new constitution and new flag, a move that paves the way for the beginning of the country's electoral process, expected to end with presidential elections midyear.


Congo Adopts New Constitution, But Polls Look Delayed

VOA News - February 18, 2006

The Democratic Republic of Congo adopted a new constitution Saturday, taking another step towards recovery after decades of dictatorship, war and chaos. The new document paves the way for the first democratic elections in 40 years. But, speculation is mounting over whether the June 30 deadline for elections can be met.


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.





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