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700 UN troops sent to Fataki; protecting voter registration

IRIN - August 25, 2005

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo sent 700 troops to the northeastern territory of Fataki on Thursday to provide security for the voter registration process, following an attack there earlier in the week by unidentified gunmen.


Ituri militiamen shoot dead electoral official

IRIN - August 23, 2005

Unidentified militiamen shot dead an electoral official on Monday when they attacked a voter registration centre in Fataki, a town in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Independent Electoral Commission Chairman Apollinaire Malu Malu said.


Voter registration extended in Orientale, Bas-Congo provinces

IRIN - August 15, 2005

Voter registration was extended for an additional week on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo provinces of Orientale and Bas-Congo due to transport and security difficulties, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Appollinaire Malu Malu, said.


Doctors due in diamond fields to identify killer disease

IRIN - August 12, 2005

A three-man team of doctors is due in a remote diamond mining area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to try to identify a respiratory disease that has, so far, killed 23 miners and infected 997 others; the Maniema provincial medical inspector, Dr Kasogo Mulamba, told IRIN.


Governments agree to repatriate 152,000 refugees

IRIN - August 12, 2005

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania have agreed at a meeting to repatriate 152,000 Congolese refugees to South Kivu Province in September, despite concerns by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, about the security and human rights conditions there.


Rwanda and uganda accused of continuing exploitation of natural resources of ex-zaire

MISNA - August 5, 2005

While the armed groups of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo continue reaping terror, the financial dimension of the pillaging of natural resources, particularly in favour of Uganda and Rwanda, remains the key to their presence and justifies the decision adopted by the Security Council to extend the arms embargo: this is the picture' of the situation in the eastern provinces of ex-Zaire given by Mamadouh Bah, spokesman for the MONUC (United Nations Mission in DR-Congo), presenting a report of UN experts in the capital Kinshasa.


Unidentified fever kills 12 diamond miners in Maniema, OCHA says

IRIN - August 5, 2005

A local official of the UN humanitarian office, OCHA, said on Friday that 12 diamond miners working in a pit 84 km northwest of the town of Punia in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Maniema Province are dead and many others are seriously ill from what appears to be a hemorrhagic fever.


Businessmen donate food aid to Niger

IRIN - August 4, 2005

Businessmen in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have collected 120 tons of maize flour and other food for 2.5 million hungry people in Niger, a high ranking government official said on Thursday.


Katanga's forgotten strife displacing thousands

IRIN - August 3, 2005

Violence in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Katanga Province has been displacing thousands of civilians, according to local media and two international NGOs.


Refugees begin returning for voter registration

IRIN - August 3, 2005

Some 1,000 refugees in camps in Tanzania returned to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) late in July in order to register to vote in the 2006 general elections, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.









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