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UN chief urges regional, global support for Africa’s Great Lakes peace accord

Only a credible political process will end the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and address the root causes of cyclical violence in the wider Great Lakes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message to a high-level international summit on the situation in this strife-ridden region of Africa.

New UN statistics show alarming rise in rapes in strife-torn eastern DR Congo

The recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province has led to an alarming rise in rapes and violence against women and girls, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN mission sets up security zone in eastern DR Congo, gives rebels 48 hour ultimatum

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today that it will, for the first time, use its intervention brigade to enforce a security zone around the flashpoint city of Goma in the eastern part of the country, giving rebels 48 hours to disarm.

DR Congo: peacekeeping mission denounces M23's alleged abuses against civilians

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo today said it is highly alarmed over allegations of killings, forced recruitment and illegal detention of civilians by the March 23 Movement (M23) and urged humanitarian access to areas controlled by the rebel group.

High-level Security Council debate focuses on peace efforts for Africa’s Great Lakes region

The Security Council today restated its commitment to the United Nations-brokered peace accord for Africa’s strife-torn Great Lakes region and demanded an immediate end to hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fresh clashes between armed rebels and Congolese troops have sent thousands of civilians fleeing for safety.

UN concerned for civilians as ongoing violence displaces thousands in eastern DR Congo

As fighting continues between Government forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern for the welfare of civilians in the area, including many who have fled to Uganda.

In Uganda, UN and partners assist new refugees fleeing DR Congo fighting

The United Nations refugee agency is ramping up efforts to aid some 15,500 Congolese at an increasingly crowded transit facility in western Uganda which has become a hub for those who fled renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and hid in schools across the border.

DR Congo: UN chief deeply concerned about clashes between Government troops, rebels

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the latest round of hostilities between the M23 rebel group and the national armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) known as the FARDC.

New emergency arises as fighting uproots thousands from eastern DR Congo – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about a new emergency in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where renewed fighting has uprooted tens of thousands of people in recent days.

DR Congo: UN blue helmets on 'high alert' as M23 rebels advance towards Goma

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are on high alert today and stand ready to use force to protect civilians in Goma from an advancing rebellion by the March 23 movement (M23), the top UN official in the country said, urging all parties to exercise restraint.