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Soldiers go AWOL as dissident leader issues call to arms

IRIN - August 31, 2005

The day after a dissident army leader in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) called for an insurrection, the 53rd Army Battalion and four companies of the 2nd Mixed Battalion in the east of the country went missing.


Congolese Defence Minister Adolphe Onusumba has confirmed a cholera outbreak among government troops in Goma, in North Kivu.

MISNA - August 27, 2005

Congolese Defence Minister Adolphe Onusumba has confirmed a cholera outbreak among government troops in Goma, in North Kivu. The Minister specified that 10 soldiers of the fourth army brigade have died and 150 are infected. The army brigade of 3,200 men was headed in the past three days toward Ituri. Onusumba added that antibiotics and health material has been sent.


Child soldiers: for them the war is never over

MISNA - August 26, 2005

There are about 12,500 young girl soldiers that fought in the Dem. Republic of Condo (RDC) in the regular army ranks as well as in the various pro or anti-government militias.


236 soldiers infected with cholera

IRIN - August 26, 2005

Hundreds of former militiamen now serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo's 4th army Brigade deployed to the troubled northeastern district of Ituri have been infected with cholera, Defense Minister Adolphe Onusumba said on Thursday.


Six Congolese rebels expelled

IRIN - August 25, 2005

Uganda has given six members of new rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the Congolese Revolutionary Movement - up to Thursday afternoon to leave the east African country or face arrest and prosecution, Interior Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has said.


12,500 Girls members of armed groups , NGO report says

IRIN - August 25, 2005

Some 12,500 girls currently belong to government and non-government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a programme to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate all militias into society is failing them, Save the Children, an NGO, said in an August 2005 report.


Hutu rebels given till 30 September to disarm

IRIN - August 25, 2005

Rwandan Hutu rebels in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have until 30 September to disarm or else face "severe" consequences, ministers of regional cooperation from DRC, Rwanda and Uganda said on Thursday.


700 UN troops sent to Fataki; protecting voter registration

IRIN - August 25, 2005

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo sent 700 troops to the northeastern territory of Fataki on Thursday to provide security for the voter registration process, following an attack there earlier in the week by unidentified gunmen.


Ituri militiamen shoot dead electoral official

IRIN - August 23, 2005

Unidentified militiamen shot dead an electoral official on Monday when they attacked a voter registration centre in Fataki, a town in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Independent Electoral Commission Chairman Apollinaire Malu Malu said.


Former militiamen now form army's 4th Brigade

IRIN - August 23, 2005

The demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration process (DDR) of 3,200 militiamen ended on Monday in Mushaki District, 30 km south of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, national Defense Minister Adolphe Onusumba said.





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