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Caught in a web of clashes between armed groups

IRIN - October 25, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaAt Masisi hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, ill and wounded women shifted uncomfortably in their beds as several men and youths in uniform picked at bandages covering their gunshot wounds.
Human Rights Watch: Army and UN Peacekeepers Must Protect Civilians at Risk in North Kivu

Human Rights Watch - October 23, 2007

Laurent NkundaAs Congolese politicians and diplomats scramble to avoid full-scale war in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch today issued a report documenting horrific murders, rape, and pillage by all parties to the conflict.
Congo's Army Vows to Disarm Mai Mai Militias

VOA News - October 22, 2007

Democratic Republic of CongoCongo's armed forces are preparing to mount an offensive against community-based militias in the east, known as the Mai Mai. A high-ranking member of Congo's army says disarming the Mai Mai will take precedent over purging a rebellion by dissident General Laurent Nkunda.
Congo Rebels Demand Negotiations

VOA News - October 18, 2007

Laurent NkundaDissident Congolese General Laurent Nkunda and his National Congress for the People's Defense will not surrender or agree to integrate in Congo's national army without formal negotiations, a spokesman says.
Recruitment of Children into Militias Skyrockets in Congo

VOA News - October 17, 2007

Prospects for children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are darkening, as fighting continues between forces loyal to dissident General Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese army. Protection workers say forced recruitment of children into armed groups has skyrocketed.


Goma: William Swing and five ambassadors meet president Kabila

MONUC - October 17, 2007

Joseph Kabila meets with ambassadors in Goma on 10.15.2007William Swing, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the DRC and five country ambassadors from the US, France, UK, Belgium and South Africa met DRC President Joseph Kabila in Goma, North Kivu province on Monday 15 October 2007.
Congo Rebels Brace for More Fighting Following Deadline Extension

VOA News - October 16, 2007

Forces loyal to dissident Congolese General Laurent Nkunda will not integrate in Congo 's national army, despite the extension of an October 15 deadline, a rebel spokesman said Tuesday. Noel King has more in this report from Kigali.


DRC Rebel Leader Urges Government to Accept Ceasefire

VOA News - October 15, 2007

In the Democratic republic of Congo, the leader of the rebel National Congress for the People's Defense (NCPD) said his forces would not be able to abide by President Joseph Kabila's ultimatum of laying down their weapons today (Monday). General Laurent Nkunda said the agreed area of Mushaki where the rebels were supposed to assemble to be integrated into the national army has come under heavy government gunfire, making it impossible for them to abide by the government's ultimatum.


Sexual Brutality Accompanies War in Congo

VOA News - October 8, 2007

The United Nations says the prevalence of sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst in the world. Since fighting erupted in the region six weeks ago between rebels and the Congolese army, women in eastern Congo say sexual brutality has risen to new heights.


Ceasefire Breaking Down: Deadly Combat in DRC

VOA News - October 8, 2007

Renegade general Laurent Nkunda says his rebel forces are abandoning a U.N.-mediated ceasefire with the Congolese government. Congo's defense minister says the government wants to use dialogue to solve the crisis in eastern DRC, but rebel forces say they have been repeatedly attacked by army troops in recent days.









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