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2012-11-20 16:23:44

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide calls for stronger protection of civilians and safe access to deliver humanitarian assistance after rebel forces besieged Goma, the capital city of North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo today. The violence is likely to forcibly displace thousands and threatens to trigger a humanitarian crisis if aid organizations are not able to reach those most affected by the...

2012-11-20 12:26:16

This week's fighting in Goma the latest in staggering increase in violence BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are being preyed on mercilessly by rebel groups and local militias, as well as their own government's troops and officials, in a vicious cycle of exploitation and abuse according to a new report by international agency Oxfam. The report is launched as fight engulfs the town of Goma in North Kivu, displacing...

2012-07-24 14:22:11

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of children fleeing a recent upsurge in violence in eastern DRC are at risk of being forcibly recruited into armed groups, said World Vision today. The majority of people fleeing violence in DRC are children, with some reporting they are doing so to avoid forcible recruitment into armed groups, the aid agency said from Goma. Despite the release of some of the estimated 30,000 child soldiers since the...

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2010-04-08 07:17:12

A Congolese environmental protection group said that DR Congo troops illegally killed animals last month in Virunga National Park, including seven hippos and five elephants. Innovation for the Development and Protection of the Environment (IDPE) said that from March 3-28, government troops killed the hippos and elephants as well as five antelopes, four baboons, three chimpanzees and two buffalo. All hunting and fishing is banned in Virunga National Park, which is Africa's oldest park. ...

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2008-11-22 17:35:00

Rangers returned to Virunga National Park on Friday after being forced to flee the area in September 2007 when armed Tutsi rebels loyal to General Laurent Nkunda took over the park's gorilla sector. Virunga's gorilla sector is home to 200 of the world's remaining 700 mountain gorillas, which live in forests along the borders with Rwanda and Uganda. The sector suffered repeated attacks in 2007, during which 10 mountain gorillas were killed. A rebel offensive last month forced the rangers to...

2008-11-12 15:00:08

The United Nations won't send any more peacekeeping troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the near term, officials said. The U.N. Security Council failed to reach an agreement on the Congo situation Tuesday despite a plea from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to send 3,000 more troops there, The Times of London reported. Ban has urged the Congolese government and Tutsi rebels led by Gen. Laurant Nkunda to uphold a cease-fire to allow aid workers to reach an estimated 100,000...

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2008-11-10 16:27:33

Park officials in East Congo said on Monday that conflict has put more than a quarter of the world's last mountain gorillas at the mercy of armed groups who hunt and camp in their territory.  The gorillas now face even greater extinction because no rangers are left to protect or care for them. Recent conflicts between Tutsi rebels and the government army and militia allies have displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, which is home...

2008-06-16 06:00:38

Excerpt from report entitled "Nord Kivu: Cholera prevails in various health zones" published by DRCongo's UN-sponsored Radio Okapi website on 13 June Some 120 cholera cases, including six deaths were recorded between 21 May and today in various health zones, the provincial health inspection office said during an epidemiological meeting in Goma on Thursday [12 June]. Displaced persons are the most affected by the epidemic. [Passage omitted] Originally published by Radio Okapi website,...

2006-07-28 04:59:52

By C. Bryson Hull WALIKALE, Congo (Reuters) - Voters in Congo's east say they will risk their lives to cast their ballots in historic elections on Sunday as they run the gauntlet of marauding rebels and militias. "We live in fear. These people take from us, they kill us, and they rape us," said Rita Mikindu, a resident of the remote eastern town of Walikale in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu district. United Nations peacekeepers are promising to protect voters in Sunday's...

2006-07-18 13:12:57

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed up to seven people at an election rally in eastern Congo in an attack which revived fears that violence could disrupt the country's historic polls later this month, officials said on Tuesday. The unidentified gunmen opened fire on the rally on Monday afternoon near Rutshuru in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province, where marauding bands of rebels and militias still terrorize the civilian population. The former...