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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).


MSF sends two teams to plague zone

IRIN - February 23, 2005

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent two teams to an area in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where an outbreak of pneumonic plague had been reported.


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.





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