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DRC Army Putting Pressure on FDLR

Nick Long/VOA News - April 1, 2015

FDLR rebels in South KivuDemocratic Republic of Congo government forces, which launched an offensive against FDLR rebels in the east of the country a month ago, has been successful in driving the militants out of parts of North and South Kivu provinces, Congolese army spokesman General Leon Richard Kasonga said.
Advancing Congo Troops Take Control of Rumangabo From M23 Rebels

Radio Okapi - October 28, 2013

FARDC soldiers on the front linesDR Congo’s army continued its advance north towards M23 rebel strongholds on Monday. After Kibumba, Kiwanja and Rutshuru, it was the turn of Rumangabo to fall under the control of the Congolese Armed Forces, also known as the FARDC.
M23 Rebels Kill, Rape Civilians in Eastern Congo: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch - July 22, 2013

Colonel Sultani Makenga, center, a senior M23 leader, on a hill in eastern Congo, July 2012M23 rebels have summarily executed at least 44 people and raped at least 61 women and girls since March 2013 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Local residents and rebel deserters reported recent forced recruitment of men and boys by the M23 in both Rwanda and Congo.
Congo Government Says Bosco Ntaganda Rebels Trained in Rwanda

Congo News Agency - June 10, 2012

Lambert MendeThe Congolese government has confirmed reports by the United Nations mission in DR Congo and Human Rights Watch that former rebels led by wanted war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda have received reinforcements from Rwanda.
UN Report Accuses Rwanda of Supporting Bosco Ntaganda Rebels

Congo News Agency - May 28, 2012

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in KinshasaAn internal UN report obtained by the BBC says that Rwanda is once again supporting rebels in eastern Congo linked to renegade general Bosco Ntaganda. The report cites rebel soldiers who say they were trained to join the Rwandan army but were sent instead across the border to eastern Congo to fight alongside mutinous soldiers.
UN advises prudent use of abundant resources to spur development

UN News Centre - October 10, 2011

Congo rainforestThe Democratic Republic of the Congo has the capacity to become the driving force of Africa’s economic development if its vast forests, water resources and trillions of dollars worth of mineral reserves are used prudently, according to the findings of a United Nations assessment released today.
DR Congo blocks oil search in Virunga National Park

BBC News - March 18, 2011

An adult male mountain gorilla in the Virunga Mountains, part of the Albertine Rift Ecoregion;The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK's Soco International to search for oil in the Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site home to rare mountain gorillas.
Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana sent to ICC

BBC News - January 25, 2011

FDLR leader Callixte MbarushimanaThe head of a Rwandan rebel group accused of committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been extradited from France to The Hague. Callixte Mbarushimana was arrested in Paris last October, following a request from the International Criminal Court.
UN helping to monitor volcanic eruption in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 4, 2010

Mount NyamulagiraMount Nyamulagira, which sits some 40 kilometres northwest of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, erupted on Saturday, and while it has not affected any people, the lava has spewed into a non-populated area of the Virunga National Park.
North Kivu: Nyamulagira volcano erupts, nearby populations safe

MONUC - January 2, 2010

Nyamulagira volcanoThe eruption, which was still in progress at 5 pm local time, on January 2, has not, so far, caused any human casualties or damages on human settlements, the lava flowing down from a vertical fissure on the South Eastern slope of the volcano, heading South and South West towards a non populated area of the Virunga National Park.



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