DR Congo: UN mission to Central Africa visits war-torn eastern region

The joint mission to Central Africa by the heads of three United Nations humanitarian agencies is now in the eastern region of the war-shattered Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where they plan to meet refugees returning home by boat from neighbouring Tanzania.

DR Congo: warning of ‘huge risk’ of new conflict, UN agencies urge greater aid

Warning that there is “a huge risk for conflict to rise again” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC), the top United Nations refugee official has called on the international community to provide greater support for the vast country’s transition to full democracy for the first time in 45 years.

DR Congo: UN food supplies reach 60,000 people displaced by fighting

United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have begun feeding 60,000 people who fled fighting between government troops and Mayi-Mayi militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

Fresh fighting sparks fears of new displacement of civilians in DR of Congo

New operations by the army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against Mayi-Mayi militia in Katanga are sparking fears of a further flight of civilians in a region where 120,000 people have already fled their homes since November, United Nations emergency officials said today.

Annan welcomes Democratic Republic of Congo’s new legal framework

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the new Constitution and electoral laws of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the United Nations is helping to organize one of the biggest polls in which it has ever participated.

DR of Congo: UN delivers food aid to thousands fleeing fighting in east

As thousands of people flee fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations food relief agency is airlifting 30 tons of aid this week via UN peacekeeping helicopters.

UN and EC kick off $681 million humanitarian plan for conflict-ridden DRC

A wide-ranging plan to help the 30 million most vulnerable people in the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has endured one of the deadliest humanitarian catastrophes since World War II, was launched today in Brussels by senior United Nations and European Commission officials.

Thousands of Congolese flee sustained fighting in North Kivu, UN says

Thousands of people continue to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as fighting continues between the Army and dissident forces in the eastern part of North Kivu province, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Two UN repatriation programmes for Congolese refugees top 10,000 mark

Two repatriation programmes run by the United Nations refugee agency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) each swept past the 10,000 mark this week as separate groups of refugees made their way home.

UN report on attacks in DR Congo last July implicates Rwandan militia

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), reporting on its investigation into an attack on a South Kivu village last July, says eyewitnesses identified their assailants as Rwandan militiamen who had previously victimized other villages, claiming the lives of dozens of people in their strikes.