Food aid programme for DR of Congo ex-combatants extended to June 2006, UN says

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it will extend its operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to feed tens of thousands of former militia members being demobilized in the coming months until next June, “buying them time to get back on their feet.”

Report to Security Council says Uganda, Rwanda delay answers on DR of Congo

Faced with Rwandan and Ugandan delays in providing information on a variety of security and economic matters relating to neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations-appointed monitors have recommended that the UN Security Council extend DRC arms and other sanctions well beyond the elections scheduled to take place later this year.

DR of Congo: UN reports big increase in refugee returns from Tanzania

Facing a dramatic increase in the number of Congolese returning on their own from camps in Tanzania to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency said today it was considering facilitating such returns by providing transportation although it still did not consider conditions suitable.

UN says renewed violence affects thousands of civilians in eastern DR of Congo

Some of the 65,000 civilians displaced in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during renewed clashes between Government soldiers and armed militias have been slowly returning to the area since United Nations peacekeepers have been deployed there, the mission says.

UN launches new operation against Rwandan Hutu rebels in DR of Congo

Backed by air power in a major new operation code-named "Thunder Storm," United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today launched their third offensive in just over two weeks to oust Rwandan Hutu militia who daily harass local communities, burning a rebel base camp.

Voter registration passes 2 million mark in DR of Congo’s capital

Voters in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kinshasa, have been registering at the rate of 130,000 a day and the total is now more than 2 million, the United Nations Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said today.

Adding UN staff for DR of Congo's elections will cost nearly $190 million, Annan says

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ends its political transition after years of civil war and prepares for general elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan estimates that adding to the peacekeeping mission for the yearlong run-up to the elections will cost nearly $190 million.

UN Security Council condemns massacre in eastern DR of Congo

The United Nations Security Council today condemned "with the utmost firmness" the weekend massacre of dozens of people in a village in the South Kivu region in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on the UN mission to investigate the tragedy and report back as quickly as possible.

UN mission reports slaying of 39 by unknown assailants in eastern DR of Congo

Armed men attacked a village in the eastern South Kivu region of the country last weekend, locking people in their homes before burning them down and killing nearly 40 villagers, mainly women and children, the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) said today.

UN mission chief attends donors' conference for elections in DR of Congo

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is in Belgium today taking part in a donors' conference organized by the European Union (EU) to raise funds for the electoral process under way in the central African country as it emerges from years of violence, the mission said.