Relief workers in eastern DR Congo face increased attacks, UN reports

The number of incidents against humanitarian workers operating in the volatile North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has surged by 26 per cent in the first six months this year, and the attacks are becoming increasingly violent, according to a United Nations report released today.

DR Congo: local official hails UN’s de-mining work as ‘priceless’

The work of the United Nations in de-mining land provides ‘priceless’ security, a local official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said, as the world body handed over a strip of land cleared of mines along a runway in the vast African nation’s north.

Thousands still fleeing Ugandan rebel attacks in eastern DR Congo – UN agency

Civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are continuing to suffer at the hands of a notorious Ugandan rebel group, whose attacks have forced at least 125,000 people in Orientale province to flee their homes in the last three weeks alone, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

DR Congo: UNICEF chief, basketball star unveil new HIV/AIDS treatment centres

The retired basketball great Dikembe Mutombo, along with the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today unveiled two centres to improve HIV/AIDS treatment in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 1 million people are living with the disease.

UN blue helmets provide help in wake of deadly attack in east of DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is providing medical assistance to the victims of a deadly attack by armed militiamen in a mine-rich area in the strife-torn east of the country.

United States vows support for UN efforts against sexual violence in DR Congo

The United States stands alongside the United Nations ready to face down the use of rape as a weapon of war in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a local UN-backed radio station during her visit to the strife-torn nation.

Ban welcomes summit between leaders of DR Congo and Rwanda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed yesterday’s summit between the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, the first official bilateral meeting since the neighbouring African nations broke off official ties more than one decade ago.

Scale of cruelty dealt to Congolese women disturbs UN refugee ambassador

The award-winning Uruguayan actor and star of Argentine television, Osvaldo Laport, has expressed horror at the abuse suffered by women in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after returning from a visit to the war-ravaged region as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN emergency fund gives $7 million to aid eastern DR Congo’s displaced

United Nations agencies and their partners will be able to provide urgent humanitarian relief to some 250,000 people in the strife-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) thanks to $7 million in emergency funding.

Civilians paying price of efforts to thwart DR Congo armed groups, UN envoy says

Civilians are bearing the brunt of attempts to dismantle armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the rebels carrying out vicious reprisals and some Government soldiers committing serious human rights abuses, the senior United Nations official to the country told the Security Council today.