More clashes in eastern DR Congo despite calls for immediate ceasefire – UN

Heavy fighting has continued over the past few days in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), despite repeated calls for an immediate halt to hostilities and respect for a ceasefire signed last week, the United Nations mission in the vast African nation reported today.

UN urges Congolese parties to cease fire amid fresh fighting in North Kivu

The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for an immediate ceasefire between the Government and rebels, as new clashes broke out today in North Kivu, leading to further displacement in the troubled region.

In troubled eastern DR Congo, UN helicopters open fire to halt rebel advance

United Nations peacekeepers backed by combat helicopters opened fire today on rebel forces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), forcing them to withdraw after they tried to take control of a town 60 kilometres from the region’s main city.

Conditions right for Congolese to return home from Zambia, says UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency is encouraging the remaining 51,000 Congolese refugees in northern Zambia to return home, saying conditions in many areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are suitable for repatriation.

DR Congo: UN steps up emergency aid for children affected by new fighting

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up existing emergency programmes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where increased fighting has forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes, social services to close, and humanitarian organizations to suspend aid.

Fresh fighting breaks out in eastern DR of Congo, UN mission reports

Intense fighting broke out yesterday between the army and rebels loyal to the former general Laurent Nkunda in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the army using rocket launchers and other heavy artillery, the United Nations peacekeeping mission reported today.

DR Congo: UN envoy urges return to peace process after recent clashes

The top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has joined a group of international officials in calling for stepped-up efforts to restore peace to the country’s volatile eastern region, the scene of recent fighting between the Government and rebel groups.

Congolese rape survivors break silence at UN-organized event

Female survivors of rape and sexual abuse are sharing their stories today at an event organized by the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where rape has been used as a weapon of war and an estimated 200,000 women and girls have been assaulted over the past 12 years.

Recent clashes in eastern DR Congo draw concern from Security Council

The Security Council today voiced serious concern at the recent fighting between Government forces and rebel groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), some of the worst violence since the signing of a January peace deal.

International Criminal Court rejects appeal to start trial of Congolese militiaman

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has dismissed an appeal by prosecutors against its earlier decision to suspend the trial of the Congolese rebel leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, accused of recruiting child soldiers to serve in his militia.