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Kinshasa: Contact group workshop on reform of DRC army

MONUC - July 13, 2007

Congo defence conferenceA contact group workshop on the reform of the army in the DRC, organized by the DRC Ministry of Defence and war veterans, was held from 12 to 13 July 2007 in Kinshasa. The aim was to examine the fundamental needs for the reform of the army, in order to format a roadmap of a programme which will be presented in September.
Congo: Consolidating the Peace

International Crisis Group - July 5, 2007

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo were a milestone in the peace process but much remains to be done to consolidate the gains. A return to full-scale war is unlikely but violence in Bas-Congo and Kinshasa in early 2007 with over 400 people killed and renewed threats of war in the Kivus show the country's fragility.


Civilians bearing brunt of South Kivu violence

IRIN - July 4, 2007

DRC refugee campThe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has expressed concern over abuses against civilians, especially women and children, in South Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, saying it frequently receives reports of abductions, executions, rapes and pillage.
UN's top rights official concerned at acquittals in military trial

UN News - July 4, 2007

Louise ArbourThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced concern at the recent decision by a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to acquit all defendants of killings, torture and other abuses that occurred during an operation by the country's armed forces.
Thousands more flee ongoing clashes in Kivu

IRIN - May 24, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaAt least 40 children are among thousands of newly displaced civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fleeing ongoing clashes between Congolese armed forces and Rwandan rebels, officials said.
Bukavu on the Congolese-Rwandan border: A city at the crossroads of conflict

Global Voices - Jennifer Brea - May 21, 2007

BukavuBukavu is a city of survivors. During the First Congo War (1996-1997),Bukavu was caught in the middle of fighting between Tutsi government forces and the Hutu that fled to the regionafter the Rwandan genocide. Government and rebel forces clashed there during the Second Congo War (1998-2003). In 2004, the city fell to soldiers led by General Nkunda, a dissident pro-Tutsi Congolese general, and in just three days, some 16,000 women were raped.
Dozens killed in army operation against Rwandan rebels

IRIN - May 4, 2007

Congo child soldiersDozens of Rwandan rebels have been killed in heavy fighting with government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) eastern North Kivu province since Wednesday, a senior military officer said.
MONUC assisting the displaced population in the East

MONUC - May 2, 2007

MONUCAt its weekly press conference on May 2 2007, MONUC declared that it is continuing identification missions of the displacement zones in North and South Kivu following the military operations by the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) against the Democratic Forces for the liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).
Civilians fleeing fighting in east forced into makeshift camps

IRIN - April 25, 2007

South Kivu womanCivilians fleeing fighting between Congolese government troops and rebel militias in North Kivu Province have been forced to shelter in makeshift camps 100km from Goma town, aid workers said.
Army, UN to monitor rebel move to assembly point

IRIN - April 23, 2007

Vincent OttiOfficials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and the United Nations will verify that Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have assembled near the DRC-Sudan border as agreed.







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