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ICRC confirms release of eight staff members in South Kivu

ICRC - April 16, 2010

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThe eight staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held since 9 April by an armed group operating in South Kivu province were released today in the Fizi area and handed over to ICRC personnel.
Congo Militias Target of Virunga Park Ranger Crackdown

VOA News - August 3, 2009

Virunga Park RangerThe charcoal trafficking…is an extremely lucrative business. It has an annual turnover of over $30 million. And much of those revenues are going to the armed groups. And these armed groups are responsible for the instability in the eastern Congo, which has been an extremely serious problem for over 15 years.
DR Congo Celebrates Independence Day

Congo News Agency - June 30, 2009

Joseph Kabila Ó GomaPresident Joseph Kabila called for a “moral and patriotic revival” to tackle the different challenges facing the country. He thanked the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) for their continued efforts to rid the country of all militias and armed groups. He urged all Congolese to support them. He said that the Government will intensify its efforts to achieve peace in all corners of the country and stop all sorts of violence against civilians, especially women.
Record number of former Hutu rebels leaves DR Congo - UN mission

UN News - June 19, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesA record number of former Hutu rebels left the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for their home in Rwanda this week, the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the DRC reported today.
UN, DRC agree on strengthening joint operation against armed groups

Xinhua - June 8, 2009

Congo FARDC soldiersThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Congolese military (FARDC) have agreed to strengthen their joint operation against illegally-armed groups in the vast African nation's far east,a UN spokesman said on Monday.
DRC Army Integrates Over 6,000 Rebels

VOA News - January 29, 2009

Bosco NtagandaAt the ceremony, former rebel military commander Bosco Ntaganda was named second-in-command of the joint military brigades. An international mediation group headed by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo walked out of the ceremony in protest. Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of using child soldiers during hostilities in Congo's Ituri province in 2002 and 2003.
Diplomatic Activity Builds to Halt Eastern Congo Clashes

VOA News - January 8, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoDiplomatic activity aimed at ending the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is intensifying. The United Nations mediator for eastern Congo, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, arrived Thursday in Kinshasa for talks with Congolese officials, while talks between the Congolese government and eastern rebels continued in Kenya.
Security Council tells UN Mission in DR Congo to step up protection of civilians

UN News - December 22, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today told United Nations peacekeepers in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prioritize the protection of civilians, including humanitarian personnel, as the number of attacks on aid workers, some of them deadly, passed 100 since the start of 2008.



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