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Congolese refugees in no hurry to return

IRIN - February 28, 2005

As Zambia prepares to repatriate the last of the Angolan refugees on its soil by the end of 2005, the fate of thousands of Congolese refugees, sheltered in camps throughout the country, remains unclear.


Government troops hunt for killers of UN peacekeepers

IRIN - February 28, 2005

The first brigade of the integrated Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began military operations on Monday, cracking down on armed groups in the northeastern district of Ituri, Defence Minister Adolphe Onusumba told IRIN.


IDPs go without food, water following killing of UN troops

IRIN - February 28, 2005

Several NGOs operating in Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Orientale Province, have suspended aid to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) following Friday's killing of nine UN peacekeepers, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Monday.


Several UN peacekeepers wounded in militia ambush

IRIN - February 25, 2005

Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded several UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an ambush on Friday in the village of Kafe, in the northeastern district of Ituri.


Red Cross, Red Crescent societies seek $217,000 to fight cholera

IRIN - February 25, 2005

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, appealed on Friday for US $217,000 to fight cholera the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province, where at least 34 people have died of the disease since December 2004.


WFP warns of food shortage affecting 50,000 refugees

IRIN - February 24, 2005

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday that it would have to cut rations for 50,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Rwanda unless donors provided US $2.6 million.


Sixth disarmament centre opens in Ituri - UNDP

IRIN - February 23, 2005

Another disarmament transit centre has opened in Bunia, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where at least 3,300 ex-combatants have been disarmed, demobilised and prepared for reintegration into the national army, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).


MSF sends two teams to plague zone

IRIN - February 23, 2005

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent two teams to an area in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where an outbreak of pneumonic plague had been reported.


Kinshasa to deploy police brigade to protect civilians in Ituri

IRIN - February 22, 2005

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) plans to deploy a police brigade in the northeastern district of Ituri to protect civilians from militias, Interior Minister Théophile Mbemba told IRIN on Monday.


Pneumonic plague kills 43

IRIN - February 22, 2005

Some 43 people have died and 13 others infected following an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the mining area of Zobia, in the region of Bas-Uele in Oriental Province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official in the Ministry of Health told IRIN on Monday.





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