|Human Rights Watch: Army and UN Peacekeepers Must Protect Civilians at Risk in North Kivu|
Human Rights Watch - October 23, 2007
|As 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
|Congo'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
|Dissident 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
|William 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.
|Violence cuts off 150,000 people from aid - WFP|
IRIN - October 8, 2007
|Chronic violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has cut 150,000 vulnerable people off from humanitarian aid, deepening an already severe crisis, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).|