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New report urges UN to learn lessons on resource-fuelled wars

Global Witness - January 27, 2010

Global WitnessThe lack of a coherent and committed international approach to tackling the role of natural resources in conflict is costing lives in Democratic Republic of Congo and heightening the risk of further unrest in other fragile states such as Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, according to a new report from Global Witness.
Russia gets involved in the reform of the Congolese Armed Forces

ACP - January 26, 2010

FARDCRussia has awarded thirty scholarships to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), Anatoly Klimenko, the Russian ambassador in Kinshasa, said on Tuesday after meeting with the Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Charles Muando Nsimba.

UN agency assisting thousands uprooted by insecurity in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 26, 2010

Congo refugees - IDPsThe United Nations refugee agency said today it is assisting over 100,000 civilians who have fled eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent months due to the ongoing military offensive against Hutu militants and banditry by armed groups.
African Nations Join World Community to Help Haiti

Charles W. Corey/America.gov - January 21, 2010

Haiti mapThe Democratic Republic of the Congo has announced it is sending $2.5 million in emergency aid to help Haitian earthquake victims. DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende told the BBC, “Congo isn’t bankrupt; our own problems should not prevent us from helping a brother country.
President Barack Obama Praises Dikembe Mutombo for Humanitarian Work

Lauren Burgoon - Georgetown University News - January 19, 2010

President Barack Obama with Dikembe MutomboPresident Obama served as a surprise guest at the eighth annual "Let Freedom Ring!" event celebrating the life and legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and honoring NBA great and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo.
Peacekeepers Plan Operation Amani Leo with FARDC in North Kivu

MONUC - January 19, 2010

Babacar GayeSenior military leaders from the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUC, have been meeting their counterparts in the Congolese Army, the FARDC, to plan Operation Amani Leo. Amani Leo, which means ‘Peace Today’, began at the start of the month.
UN gives 16 mln USD for humanitarian activities in DRC

Xinhua - January 19, 2010

WFP truck in CongoThe UN humanitarian affairs has allocated 16 million U.S. dollars to sustain emergency humanitarian activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), through the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi to hold meeting of chiefs of general staff

Xinhua - January 18, 2010

Didier EtumbaThe army chiefs of general staff of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda will open a meeting on Tuesday in Matadi, the provincial capital of Bas-Congo, to discuss the security situation in the sub- region, according to the military.
DR Congo says ex-rebel chief Nkunda to be extradited from Rwanda in 2010

Xinhua - January 18, 2010

Führer Laurent NKundaThe minister of communication and media for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lambert Mende Omalanga, indicated on Sunday that the problem of transferring the ex-rebel chief of the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) Laurent Nkunda will be solved in 2010.
China steps up African cooperation with ministerial visits

Xinhua - January 15, 2010

Wen Jiabao and Adolphe MuzitoA delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) began on Friday a tour of six African states, following up visits earlier this month by two government ministers. Led by Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, the group will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Senegal, Benin, the Central African Republic, and Djibouti over 12 days.



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