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UNHCR - 640,000 internally displaced in Kivu provinces between June and July 2007

MONUC - August 16, 2007

MONUC - Press ConferenceThe insecurity in eastern DRC continues to cause huge internal displacement of people, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and humanitarian agencies continue to face this problem, as well as that of refugees in both the DRC and its border countries. Marcellin Hepie, UNHCR Deputy Representative in the DRC, gives us a progress report on the current situation.
Hell on earth - systematic rape in Eastern Congo

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (JHA) - August 10, 2007

Often the women are kidnapped while working in the fields or on the way to fetch water, food or firewood. Often kidnappings occur during raids of villages by armed attackers, who often come in groups of two to five.The victims are taken from the villages into the forest where they are held captive and are gang raped for days or months.


Mining Boom in DRC Boosts Fortunes of State-Owned Gecamines

VOA News - July 25, 2007

Democratic Republic of CongoGecamines, the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled state-owned mining company, said it has tackled corruption issues that have plagued the company for decades and is ready to consolidate some of its assets and expand its business. But as Peta Thornycroft reports for VOA from Katanga's capital Lumbumbashi, Gecamines has said it still needs the government to stop creditors from taking it to court in the short term.
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.


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.
Congo Court Clears Foreign Miners of War Crimes

VOA News - June 28, 2007

Anvil MiningA military court in Democratic Republic of Congo has acquitted three former employees of Australian mining company Anvil Mining Limited of complicity in war crimes by government soldiers in 2004. Judges said the charges against the miners and nine Congolese soldiers were unfounded.
The use of cash in emergency and post-emergency non-food item programs -a case study from the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance/Sarah Bailey - June 25, 2007

The appropriateness of cash and voucher-based interventions has become an increasingly discussed topic in the field of humanitarian assistance. Practitioners conventionally support the direct distribution of food, non-food, and agricultural commodities to meet the immediate emergency and recovery needs of households and communities impacted by natural or man-made disasters. The direct distribution methodology aims to assist beneficiaries with the necessary items to survive and recover from a crisis.


MACC: After the Kinshasa conflict, we have found over 20 items of unexploded ordnance

MONUC - March 29, 2007

MAAC - MONUCAfter the two day Kinshasa conflict of March 22 to 24 2007, there are some unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the city. The Mine Action Coordination Centre (MACC) appeals to the people of Kinshasa not to 'touch any object they find'. We spoke to MACC director Harouna Ouedrago who explained the risks of UXO, as well as the objectives of their work.
US State Department report on Human Rights Conditions in the DRC in 2006

US State Department - March 19, 2007

US State DepartmentArmed groups continued to commit numerous, serious abuses--some of which may constitute war crimes--including unlawful killings, disappearances, and torture. They also recruited and retained child soldiers, compelled forced labor, and committed serious sexual abuses and other possible war crimes.
Grave human rights abuses by all sides mar DR Congo's transition from war, UN reports

UN News Service - March 12, 2007

Congo soldiers in BuniaSummary executions, enforced disappearances, mass arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment and torture of civilians for their political affiliations as well as rape continued at an alarming rate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a climate of total impunity in the second half of 2006, according to the latest United Nations







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