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DR Congo: new developments could pave way for uprooted to return home – UN

Recent developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – including the arrest of a rebel leader and a large-scale military operation against another militia – have sparked a “new dynamic” that could lead to the start of large numbers of displaced people returning home, the top United Nations relief official said today.

UNICEF campaign launches US tour to highlight DR Congo rape crisis

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is kicking off a five-city tour of the United States aimed at highlighting the horrors faced by thousands of Congolese rape victims, while calling for an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the worst kinds of sexual violence.

DR Congo: top UN official sees impact of fighting on civilians

The United Nations humanitarian chief saw first-hand the physical and emotional impact of war on the men, women and children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as he visited a local hospital in the strife-torn eastern province of North Kivu today.

UN relief chief meets with civilians caught up in DR Congo conflict

The top United Nations relief official today urged all parties to the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure the protection of civilians, as he met with authorities and displaced people in the volatile North Kivu province.

More Rwandan civilians in DR Congo seeking repatriation, says UN agency

As an offensive against Rwandan Hutu militias continues in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a growing number of Rwandan civilians, many of whom have been there since the 1994 genocide in their country, are emerging from remote areas to go home, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN envoy in DR Congo defends efforts to protect civilians

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has fulfilled its duties in regard to protecting civilians against the deadly rampage of a notorious Ugandan rebel group over the past few months, the head of the mission, known as MONUC, said today.

Over 200 children pulled from armed groups in DR Congo, UN says

More than 220 children have been separated from armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) within the past week, the United Nations mission in the country, known as MONUC, said today, as the UN’s humanitarian chief embarked on a trip to the region.

Repatriation of former Rwandan Hutu fighters from DR Congo picks up, UN reports

The United Nations has repatriated 335 former Rwandan Hutu fighters and their dependents from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the past month alone as part of an effort to end a source of conflict since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Facing shortfall, Ban appeals for more peacekeepers for DR Congo

Member States have so far failed to provide nearly enough troops to reinforce the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the Security Council called in November for 3,000 additional peacekeepers in the face of mounting violence in the east of the vast country.

UN mission in DR Congo urges Rwandan Hutu militia to disarm and return home

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has extended an olive branch to the ethnic Rwandan Hutu militia involved in armed conflict in the east of the country, urging combatants to hand in their weapons and repatriate.