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UN confirms desertions but says some troops have already returned to base

IRIN - September 21, 2005

Soldiers from the 12th brigade deserted their posts in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the last week, the military spokesman for the UN said on Tuesday, but 580 of them have already returned to base.


Newly arrested army dissidents escape

IRIN - September 20, 2005

The governor of Congo's South Kivu Province, Didas Kaningini, said on Monday that 48 dissident soldiers who were arrested recently as they returned from exile to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had escaped from a jail.


Ugandan LRA rebels flee Sudan for Congo

IRIN - September 19, 2005

Sixty fighters in the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have left their areas of operation in northern Uganda and southern Sudan and crossed into northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ugandan army spokesman Lt Col Shaban Bantariza said on Monday.


Vast public sector strike in kinshasa

MISNA - September 16, 2005

Functionaries and employees of the public sector have begun an "unlimited" strike in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


48 combatants arrested after returning from Burundi exile

IRIN - September 16, 2005

The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said it arrested 48 dissident soldiers, including 11 officers, on Tuesday in the east of the country near its borders with Rwanda and Burundi as they were returning from exile.


Claims of army desertion, rebellion in the east denied

IRIN - September 15, 2005

Reports that troops are defecting in large numbers to join a dissident former general fermenting a rebellion in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were refuted by an army spokesman in Kinshasa as well as by a letter purportedly written by the ex-general, Laurent Nkunda.


Ituri: renewed violence pushes civilians to seek refuge in north kivu

MISNA - September 14, 2005

Around 800 families from Circa Boga and Tchabi, in the north-eastern Ituri region, in the Democtratic Republic of Congo, abandoned their homes due to renewed violence at the end of August, seeking refuge in Eringeti, in Beni, in the North Kivu province.


Vaccination of 10 million children against polio begins

IRIN - September 13, 2005

Local health authorities and UNICEF launched a drive on Monday to vaccinate 10 million children against polio in six provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) bordering Angola, Health Minister Emile Bongeli said.


Obasanjo orders return of police team in DR Congo over alleged sex abuses

IRIN - September 12, 2005

President Olusegun Obasanjo's government ordered the return of 120 Nigerian police officers serving in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo after some of them were accused of sexual abuses, police officials said on Monday.


Troops from the 124th battalion desert to join dissident general

IRIN - September 12, 2005

The commander of the Democratic Republic of Congo's 8th Military Region, in the eastern province of North Kivu, said on Monday some 350 troops from the 124th battalion had defected to join a dissident army general, Laurent Nkunda.





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