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Opinion: Solving the Kivu Equation

IWPR - December 24, 2008

Congo-Kinshasa - Goma - SakeThe presence of FDLR soldiers - Rwandan Hutus who fled into Congo after the genocide and now control part of the illegal mineral trade in the east - is a pretext for Rwanda to attack the Kivus. The FDLR are also used by Laurent Nkunda as a justification for his "protection" of the Tutsi minority. As if defending a minority is an acceptable excuse for massacring other Congolese ethnic groups.
Security Council tells UN Mission in DR Congo to step up protection of civilians

UN News - December 22, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today told United Nations peacekeepers in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prioritize the protection of civilians, including humanitarian personnel, as the number of attacks on aid workers, some of them deadly, passed 100 since the start of 2008.
Displaced people must not be forced back to their villages, UN tells DR Congo rebels

UN News - December 19, 2008

Congo refugees - IDPsThe United Nations refugee agency has called on mainly Tutsi rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure the rights of 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) amid reports that they are being pressured to go back to their villages.
UNHCR urges DR Congo rebels to respect humanitarian principles

XINHUA - December 19, 2008

Congo refugeesThe United Nations refugee agency on Friday called on rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to stop forcing the displaced people back to their villages.
Ugandan army deploys more troops in NE DR Congo to fight LRA rebels

XINHUA - December 19, 2008

Joseph KonyThe Ugandan military said on Thursday that it is deploying more troops in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to beef up an ongoing offensive against the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
UN-backed peace talks between rebels and Government restart in Nairobi

UN News - December 18, 2008

Olusegun ObasanjoUnited Nations-backed talks between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a main rebel group, aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to the strife-ridden country’s brutal armed conflict, resumed today after a week-long break.
Sweden Suspends Aid to Rwanda Following UN Report

VOA News - December 17, 2008

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesSweden has announced it is cutting aid to Rwanda following a United Nations report indicating the country is supporting Tutsi rebels in their fight against the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a statement Wednesday, the Swedish government said it is taking the report seriously and has stopped payment on the more than $10 million in aid it was scheduled to send to Rwanda.
Laurent Nkunda rebels resume attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo - UN

UN News - December 17, 2008

Alan DossElements from a mainly Tutsi rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are continuing to commit abuses, beating and detaining civilians and pillaging businesses and private homes, the United Nations reported today, calling for an end to the violence.
Actor Ben Affleck and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger join forces to help Refugees in DR Congo

UN News - December 17, 2008

Ben AffleckActor-director Ben Affleck and Rolling Stone singer Mick Jagger today released a short film to help raise $23 million for United Nations efforts to pay for clean water and emergency aid kits for 250,000 people driven from their homes by renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Laurent Nkunda's rebels reportedly pressuring displaced Congolese to return home - UN

UN News - December 16, 2008

Congo refugeesThe United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it is very concerned about reports that rebels are putting pressure on those displaced by the deadly fighting in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to return to their villages.



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