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OECD says African Economic Growth Will be Cut by Half

VOA News - May 11, 2009

SADCFour African countries, the Seychelles, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Chad, are expected to see their growth rates decline. South African growth is also expected to drop to 1.1 percent, dragging down other economies in the region. The Central African Republic will be hardest affected by the crisis, with only 0.2 percent growth expected.
Voter registration preparations underway

UNDP - May 5, 2009

Elections - CongoPreparations are underway for a large scale voter registration update that begins on June 7. With the support of UNDP and MONUC (the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo), the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is conducting a pilot voter registration update, hoping to test the reliability of the equipment, software and registration kits.
UN blue helmets in DRC free 23 child soldiers

Xinhua - May 5, 2009

Congo child soldiersThe children had been recruited by the mainly Tutsi rebel militia, the National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP), before joining the FARDC during the accelerated integration process.
Top UN humanitarian official condemns new 'terror and upheaval'

UN News - April 30, 2009

Eastern Congo refugessThe top United Nations humanitarian official today condemned a resurgence of violence against civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid a series of offensives against a Rwandan militia group.
UNICEF: Grave violations of children's rights during armed conflicts must end

Xinhua - April 30, 2009

Congo child soldiersThe UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday joined the call of UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon for an end to the recruitment and sexual exploitation of children by armed groups in theaters of conflict.
UN chief demands justice in name of child soldiers and victims of sexual abuse

Xinhua - April 30, 2009

Ban Ki-moonThe recruitment and sexual exploitation of children by armed groups in conflict zones is a threat to international peace and security, and violators must be brought to justice, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told an open Security Council debate here on Wednesday.
Congo ex-rebel 'working with UN'

BBC News - April 29, 2009

Bosco NtagandaThe BBC has seen documents alleging that a former rebel leader indicted for war crimes is playing a leading role in a mission involving the UN in DR Congo. The documents appear to prove that Gen Bosco Ntaganda is taking an active part in the mission's chain of command, a BBC correspondent in the country says.
New Report to Detail Failed Military Operation Against Hutu Rebels

VOA News - April 29, 2009

John NumbiA new report expected to be released Wednesday describes the joint military operation of Congo and Rwanda to flush out Rwandan Hutu rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo as a failure. The report says the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels are still attacking ordinary Congolese despite the offensive against them.
Surrenders of Rwandan rebels in eastern DR Congo ramp up, UN says

UN News - April 27, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThe number of Rwandans laying down their arms and leaving militias that terrorize civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has multiplied four-fold on a monthly basis compared to last year, the United Nations reported today.
Return of Hutu Militias Sparks 100,000 New Displacements in Eastern Congo

VOA News - April 27, 2009

Congo refugeesA resumption of fighting in lands in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo previously claimed by rebel Hutu militias has added more than 100,000 newly displaced people to Congo's swollen itinerant rolls in the past two months.







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