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UN condemns fighting in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has condemned the continued fighting which recently claimed nearly 50 lives in the troubled eastern region of the country.

Flow of refugees from DR of Congo to Burundi slows, UN agency says

The flow of refugees from the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into Burundi has slowed considerably and some Congolese have gone back home without official help, but the area has not calmed down sufficiently to make "facilitated repatriation" advisable, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Hundreds of refugees return to assess home villages in DR of Congo – UN agency

Hundreds of refugees from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been returning to their villages from neighbouring countries to examine conditions with a view to repatriation, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

DR of Congo refugees in Burundi total more than 34,000, UN says

With instability and high tension reigning in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the number of people who have crossed into neighbouring Burundi has risen to more than 34,000, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN probing allegations that Tutsi soldiers killed by non-Tutsi colleagues

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is investigating reports that more than two dozen ethnic Tutsi soldiers were recently murdered by non-Tutsi fellow soldiers of the national army in the eastern region, a spokesman for the world body said today.

UN reports gross rights abuses in DR Congo, including systematic rape

The United Nations humanitarian office today deplored the continuing and systematic abduction of girls and women in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and it appealed urgently for funds to replace $1.5 million in humanitarian supplies grabbed by looters during military and civilian demonstrations.

Number of Congolese fleeing to Burundi jumps to 31,000, UN reports

Fear of renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has brought the number of refugees in Burundi to 31,000 today from an estimated 25,000 just four days ago, but the deployment of DRC troops along the border area may have discouraged major cross-border movement, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN Security Council warns against belligerence in eastern DR of Congo

Condemning "in the strongest terms" any outside involvement in the volatile situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council today urged Secretary-General Kofi Annan to determine whether the UN mission there needs "a possible rapid reaction capability."

DR Congo has 20,000 troops in volatile east, UN mission says

With mutineer-led insurgent fighters still present in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the transitional government has built up its own force of 20,000 troops in the area, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes country said today.

DR of Congo refugees in Burundi now number 25,000, UN agency says

Conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has led to a refugee flood of 25,000 into neighbouring Burundi, an increase of 8,000 since Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.