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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

WFP truck in CongoChronic 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).
Thousands of youth risk forced recruitment into militia

IRIN - October 8, 2007

Child soldiers in Congo"[The militia groups] are targeting schools," said Pernille Ironside, a protection officer in Goma with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). "We have had numerous reports of secondary schools and technical schools being targeted, and children generally over the age of 15 being at greatest risk of being recruited."
UN says No Evidence Army, Rebel Groups Ally in Eastern Congo

VOA News - October 3, 2007

Congo - Rwanda borderConflicting reports are emerging from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo regarding an alleged alliance between Congo's army and outlaw Hutu and Mayi Mayi militias, aimed at purging a rebellion by dissident general Laurent Nkunda.
MONUC rejects claims of army link to militia groups

IRIN - October 3, 2007

MONUC - CongoThe UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has no evidence that the Congolese army has joined forces with outlawed Hutu and Mayi-Mayi militia groups to purge a rebellion by dissident army commander, Gen Laurent Nkunda, a spokesman for MONUC said on 3 October.
Eastern Congo Still Waiting on Kabila to Deliver on Promise to Bring Peace to the Region

Congo News Agency - September 29, 2007

CongoSince Joseph Kabila's inauguration last December as the first democratically elected president since independence, there has been no improvement on the security front in the eastern provinces. Much to the dismay of the residents of North and South Kivu, who voted massively for Joseph Kabila, he has been unable to deliver on his election promise to bring lasting peace to the region. The security situation in eastern Congo has worsened since the elections and people are calling on the government to do more to stop the militias operating in the region.
Refugees on the move as DR Congo fighting escalates

IWPR - September 19, 2007

Kivu - Congo - IDPsRefugees continue to flee the fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as allegations emerge of Rwandan government support for ethnic Tutsi rebels. The fighting in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC, is between government troops and the forces of dissident general Laurent Nkunda.







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