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Pit Collapse Exposes DRC's Shaky Mining Structure

VOA News - January 14, 2007

Congo minersThe collapse of a diamond pit mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this month, in which 15 people were reported killed, has highlighted the dangers of primitive, open pit mining.
MONUC: We will put in place a "district without arms" in Ituri

Monuc - January 10, 2007

Monuc - Congo - IturiDuring its weekly press conference on January 10 2007, MONUC stated that it remains concerned with the security situation in Ituri and North Kivu, and will be putting in place a "district without arms" objective in Ituri.
Rekindled clashes displace thousands in Ituri

IRIN - January 3, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa Sake areaThousands of people have fled the village of Fataki, 70 km northeast of Bunia, capital of Ituri district in Eastern DRC, following clashes between militia and the regular army, officials of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, MONUC, said.
Congolese Soldiers on Trial for War Crimes

VOA News - December 28, 2006

Bunia - IturiA group of Congolese soldiers is on trial for war crimes allegedly committed in the country's volatile east. U.N. investigators last month discovered mass graves containing around 30 bodies, including women and children, inside an army camp.
UN reports security improvement with many militia groups demobilizing

UN News Service - December 20, 2006

Congo MilitiamenSecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has improved, with numerous militia groups joining the United Nations-run disarmament programme, and calm returning in the east after fighting between the Congolese Army and partisans of a rogue general, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported today.
UN and aid agencies appeal for $19 million to combat landmines

UN News Centre - December 15, 2006

Congo MapThe Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations officials and aid agencies have renewed an appeal for the remaining $19 million needed to help fund next year's effort to rid the country of deadly landmines left over from the bloody six-year civil war, which kill innocent people and prevent whole areas of land from being developed.
The Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of senate candidates

Congo Planet/CEI - December 14, 2006

Parlement - CongoThe Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of candidates to the senatorial elections due to be held on January 7, 2007. The list has 1,141 names distributed amongst provinces as follows: Bandundu : 93,Bas-Congo : 52,Equateur : 141,Maniema : 34,Kasai Occidental : 60,Kasai Oriental : 126,Katanga : 166,Kinshasa : 241,Nord-Kivu : 52,Province Orientale : 118,Sud-Kivu : 44.
Precarious humanitarian situation in North Kivu

Monuc - December 13, 2006

Nord-KivuAt the weekly MONUC press conference this Wednesday December 13 2006, MONUC stated that the humanitarian situation in North Kivu remains 'precarious', as there are over 500,000 people internally displaced people (IDP's), representing half of the total number of IDP's in the DRC.
U.S. Congress passes Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act of 2006

U.S. Congress - December 9, 2006

Barack ObamaA bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Close to 6,000 militiamen to surrender their weapons in Ituri

Monuc - November 30, 2006

Congo-Kinshasa soldiersOn Thursday November 29, the last three Ituri armed groups signed a "comprehensive agreement for peace in Ituri", with the government, by which they agreed to surrender their weapons and to enter the process of DDR -Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration.







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