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Susan Rice: United Nations Peacekeeping Force Under Severe Strain

VOA News - July 30, 2009

US ambassador to the UN Susan RiceThe U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations says the U.N. peacekeeping force is stretched to the limit, and needs more support and supervision. Ambassador Susan Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that peacekeeping helps protect the United States and other nations. Rice is urging Congress to support peacekeeping, despite sexual misconduct by a few members of the force.
MONUC trains its staff on sexual exploitation and abuse

MONUC - July 30, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoMounia Lakhdar-Hamina and Kandi Godia, of the Conduct and Discipline (CDU) unit recalled the importance for staff to conduct themselves well. “Recruited to assist a country beset by various difficulties, MONUC staff are continually watched by the population,” said Ms Kandi Godia. In this respect, they are expected to comply with “the highest standards of conduct required by their private and professional lives.” In other words, staff should comply with the UN codes of conduct and the host country’s laws, she added.
DR Congo troops take Rwandan rebels' command headquarter in South Kivu province

Xinhua - July 29, 2009

Congo soldiersDR Congo government troops have captured the command headquarter of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an anti-government group, in Kashindaba, a military commander declared on Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Visit Africa

U.S. Department of State - July 27, 2009

Hillary ClintonThe Secretary will travel to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia, and Cape Verde. In each nation, she will emphasize Africa as a place of opportunity, built on an ethic of responsibility. She will underline America's commitment to partner with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens to build societies where each individual can realize their potential.
At least 35,000 Congolese civilians displaced by fighting in South Kivu province

UNHCR - July 24, 2009

Congo refugees in TanzaniaAn outbreak of fighting in the eastern Congolese province of South Kivu has forced more than 35,000 civilians to flee their homes in the past two weeks. The latest population movement brings the total number of civilians to have been displaced in South Kivu since January as a result of clashes between government forces and Rwandan rebels, and reprisal attacks on civilians, to about 536,000 people.
UN team looking into alleged sexual misconduct by blue helmets in DR Congo

UN News - July 24, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoA fact-finding team has been dispatched by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate rumours of sexual misconduct surrounding some blue helmets stationed in the country’s far east.
Senior UN peacekeeping official assesses DR Congo's prisons

UN News - July 22, 2009

Congo prisonA senior United Nations peacekeeping official continued his tour today of the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he is evaluating the state of the country’s troubled prison system.
Global Witness uncovers foreign companies' links to Congo violence

Global Witness - July 21, 2009

Global WitnessEuropean and Asian companies, including Bangkok-based THAISARCO (a subsidiary of British metals group AMC), UK-based Afrimex, and Belgium-based Trademet have been buying minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that are funding armed groups and fuelling conflict, said Global Witness in a report published today.
Mineral firms 'fuel Congo unrest'

BBC News - July 21, 2009

ColtanWestern mineral firms are fuelling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo by failing to check where their raw materials come from, activists say. Global Witness says companies sourcing minerals used in electronic gadgets are buying them from traders who finance rebel and government troops.
UN emergency fund gives $7 million to aid eastern DR Congo's displaced

UN News - July 17, 2009

Congo refugees - IDPsUnited Nations agencies and their partners will be able to provide urgent humanitarian relief to some 250,000 people in the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) thanks to $7 million in emergency funding.



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