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Fighting between UN troops, militias leaves 50 dead

IRIN - March 2, 2005

At least 50 militiamen were killed during fighting between Pakistani UN troops and elements suspected to have killed nine UN peacekeepers on 25 February, Gen Jean-Francois Collot d'Escuries, the chief of staff of the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUC, told IRIN.


Militia leaders arrested in Kinshasa

IRIN - March 2, 2005

Several leaders of the militia group that is accused of having executed nine Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers on Friday in Kafe village, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Ituri District, have been arrested, Justice Minister Kisimba Ngoy told IRIN on Wednesday.


EU suspends projects in North Kivu

IRIN - March 1, 2005

The delegation of the European Commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) suspended two projects in the province of North Kivu on Wednesday, following the looting of installations of the NGO German Agro Action by militiamen in Nyabondo Territory.


Congolese refugees in no hurry to return

IRIN - February 28, 2005

As Zambia prepares to repatriate the last of the Angolan refugees on its soil by the end of 2005, the fate of thousands of Congolese refugees, sheltered in camps throughout the country, remains unclear.


Government troops hunt for killers of UN peacekeepers

IRIN - February 28, 2005

The first brigade of the integrated Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began military operations on Monday, cracking down on armed groups in the northeastern district of Ituri, Defence Minister Adolphe Onusumba told IRIN.


IDPs go without food, water following killing of UN troops

IRIN - February 28, 2005

Several NGOs operating in Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Orientale Province, have suspended aid to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) following Friday's killing of nine UN peacekeepers, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Monday.


Several UN peacekeepers wounded in militia ambush

IRIN - February 25, 2005

Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded several UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an ambush on Friday in the village of Kafe, in the northeastern district of Ituri.


Red Cross, Red Crescent societies seek $217,000 to fight cholera

IRIN - February 25, 2005

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, appealed on Friday for US $217,000 to fight cholera the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu Province, where at least 34 people have died of the disease since December 2004.


WFP warns of food shortage affecting 50,000 refugees

IRIN - February 24, 2005

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday that it would have to cut rations for 50,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Rwanda unless donors provided US $2.6 million.


Sixth disarmament centre opens in Ituri - UNDP

IRIN - February 23, 2005

Another disarmament transit centre has opened in Bunia, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where at least 3,300 ex-combatants have been disarmed, demobilised and prepared for reintegration into the national army, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).





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