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Kinshasa to deploy police brigade to protect civilians in Ituri

IRIN - February 22, 2005

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) plans to deploy a police brigade in the northeastern district of Ituri to protect civilians from militias, Interior Minister Théophile Mbemba told IRIN on Monday.


Pneumonic plague kills 43

IRIN - February 22, 2005

Some 43 people have died and 13 others infected following an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the mining area of Zobia, in the region of Bas-Uele in Oriental Province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official in the Ministry of Health told IRIN on Monday.


Ministers chart ways of implementing regional security pact

IRIN - February 18, 2005

Eleven foreign ministers of countries in Africa's Great Lakes region met on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda, to map out strategies of implementing a regional pact on security, stability and development signed in November 2004 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Strike at government hospitals causes 1,366 deaths in Kinshasa

IRIN - February 17, 2005

A month-long strike by doctors, nurses and other medical personnel in government hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in 1,360 deaths in the capital, Kinshasa, an official of local human rights NGO said on Wednesday.


Prosecute ex-militia leaders, Kinshasa urged

IRIN - February 16, 2005

The International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) has urged the Congolese government to vet and prosecute former militia leaders instead of appointing them to high-ranking positions in the newly integrated national army.


Tens of thousands of newly displaced people in Ituri need aid

IRIN - February 14, 2005

Relief aid agencies say they are struggling to provide basic needs to tens of thousands of civilians in Ituri District, in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who have fled their homes because of recent fighting.


Moroccan UN peacekeepers arrested over sex abuse claims

IRIN - February 14, 2005

Six Moroccan soldiers serving on the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), known as MONUC, have been arrested in an ongoing sex abuse scandal, the official Moroccan news agency, the Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP), reported on Monday.


Joint verification mechanism now operational

IRIN - February 10, 2005

Congolese and Rwandan military officers have activated a joint verification mechanism for the common border between the two countries, an administrator in Congo's eastern province of South Kivu said.


Renewed fighting drives more Congolese refugees across the border

IRIN - February 10, 2005

Renewed fighting among various groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in areas close to the border with Uganda, has triggered new arrivals of refugees in western Uganda, an official of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday.


Katanga militias agree to disarm

IRIN - February 10, 2005

Leaders of two Mayi-Mayi militia groups in the southeastern province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) agreed on Tuesday to disarm their combatants during a ceremonial destruction of weapons in the provincial capital, Lubumbashi.





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