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DR Congo militia chief arrested in UN peacekeeper slayings

by Sofia Bouderbala

KINSHASA, March 1 (AFP) - The chief of an eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia group has been arrested in connection with last week's killing of nine UN peacekeepers, a source close to the DRC presidency said Tuesday.

Floribert Ndjabu, leader of the Nationalist and Integrationist Front (FNI), one of six militias operating in the Ituri region where the Bangladeshi troops were ambushed and killed on Friday, was detained in Kinshasa on Sunday, the source said.

In addition, two of his lieutenants,

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Grands Lacs: L'UE suspend ses projets au Nord-Kivu

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KINSHASA, le 1 mars (IRIN) - La délégation de la Commission européenne en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) suspend deux projets dans la province du Nord-Kivu suite aux pillages de la base logistique de l'organisation non-gouvernementale (ONG) Agro action allemande (AAA) dans le territoire de Nyabondo, a-t-elle annoncé ce mardi.

Selon Stéphanie Carette, responsable de la communication de la délégation de la Commission européenne, l'un des projets portait sur la réouverture de l'axe routier Masisi-Walikale et l'autre sur la poursuite du programme de «recapitalisation des populations

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Peacekeeper slayings heighten fears of new violence in eastern DR Congo

by Helen Vesperini

BUNIA, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 1 (AFP) - The killing last week of nine UN peacekeepers has heightened fears in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of a new surge in ethnic violence after two years of relative calm.

The slayings have prompted the dispatch from Kinshasa of an additional 3,000 troops to the troubled mineral-rich Ituri region and vows from DRC officials to arrest the militias believed responsible.

But the extra troops and the promises of action have done little to quell the concerns of Ituri residents who

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DRC: Assistance to 54,000 people suspended following attack

Bunia, March 1 - Humanitarian organisations have suspended assistance to 40,000 internally displaced people sheltering in the Kakwa and Tché areas of Ituri, following Friday's attack on MONUC peacekeepers patrolling in the Kakwa area.
This follows the suspension of humanitarian assistance to Gina, north of Bunia, last week, after militia threatened humanitarian workers distributing food to the 14,000 IDPs who have sought shelter in host families in the area. Over 54,000 recently displaced people are now without vital humanitarian assistance in Ituri.
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Plague epidemic in the north-east of DR Congo: Medair starts an emergency response

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Medair
Marian van der Snoek (Medical coordinator)
On February 7thin Isiro, Medair received an alert concerning an unidentified epidemic bearing all the signs of pneumonia. Patients were complaining of high fever, coughing up blood-stained sputum, difficulties breathing, and many of them died after only 3 days of illness.

Over 40 people had died in a diamond mining area near Zobia, in the North-East of Congo. This area located in the tropical rainforest is difficult to access due to very bad roads and practically no means of communication.

While alerting the medical authorities,

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Aid work suspended in eastern DRC after UN peacekeepers killed

KINSHASA, March 1 (AFP) - Aid agencies assisting some 54,000 displaced people in the northern part of Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern Ituri region suspended operations on Monday due to poor security conditions, the United Nations said.

The suspension, announced by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA), follows the killing last week of nine UN peacekeepers by militia in Ituri where about 70,000 people have fled their homes due to new fighting.

"The deteriorating security situation

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DRC: MONUC - A case for peacekeeping reform

Testimony of Anneke Van Woudenberg before the U.S. House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations, March 1, 2004
I wish to thank Chairman Smith for inviting my organization, Human Rights Watch, to address the Africa Subcommittee today about the important question of U.N. peacekeeping forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

My name is Anneke Van Woudenberg. I am the senior researcher on the DRC at Human Rights Watch. I have worked on humanitarian and human rights issues in the Congo for nearly six years

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Plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - update

The multidisciplinary team arrived in Zobia, Bas-Uele district, Oriental province on 25 February where the suspected cases of pneumonic plague have occurred (see previous report). The team now consists of epidemiologists, a clinician, data manager, logistician and experts in social mobilization from the Congolese Ministry of Health and WHO (Country and African Regional Offices and headquarters), laboratory experts from the WHO Collaborating Centre, Institut Pasteur, Madagascar
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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: Refugees continue to arrive from DRC

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Rupert Colville -- to whom quoted text may be attributed -- at the press briefing, on 1 March 2005, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Refugees are continuing to arrive in western Uganda from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Yesterday (Monday), local authorities in Kanungo District reported the arrival of 177 people in Ishasha, on the shores of Lake Edward, which forms the natural border with DRC. This is the largest reported influx at Ishasha

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Rwanda + 2 others
Conflict in the Great Lakes region: How is it linked with land and migration?

Chris Huggins, Herman Musahara, Prisca Mbura Kamungi, Johnstone Summit Oketch and Koen Vlassenroot1
Some analyses of conflict have drawn attention to the role that contested access to resources such as valuable timber, water or minerals plays in relation to wider conflict. Less has been said about access to land, but in some contexts it has undoubtedly been important. This paper reviews evidence from Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo to draw out the main roles that access to land has played in initiating, fuelling or perpetuating conflict, and to draw out
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DRC: Monitoring de la situation humanitare du 12 au 18 fevrier 2005

Faits Mejeurs
Une épidémie fait 43 morts pendant les semaines 3 et 4 à Zobia, District du Bas-Uélé, dans la Province Orientale. Depuis le mois de novembre 2004, au moins 450 personnes ont été contaminées, dont 61 décès. Tous les décès sont survenus sous un tableau standard qui a fait penser, soit à la peste pulmonaire, soit à la fièvre hémorragique virale. Des prélèvements effectués sur 22 malades ont donné 2 résultats positifs au test rapide de la peste. Cette situation pourrait s'expliquer par le fait que les malades étaient déjà soumis au
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DRC: Ituri watch Mar 2005

Period covered: 1 - 28 Feb 2005
Introduction/Background

Instability in Ituri is becoming the status quo. After a considerable period of overall calm and hope, dogged only with low level of violence against civilians, Ituri has once again veered into widespread and large-scale violence. Although local civilians and even some community leaders from all ethnic backgrounds seem to not really understand what is going on, the ongoing violence has perfectly been portrayed as an ethnic rivalry once again.

From the time violence erupted some two

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RDC: Communiqué de presse du Comité International d'Accompagnement de la Transition (CIAT)

CIAT

1.Le CIAT condamne avec la dernière énergie l'assassinat prémédité d'un officier et de huit soldats Bangladais de la MONUC par des miliciens de l'Ituri. L'attaque des miliciens est survenue le 25 février près de la localité de Kafe o=F9 les soldats de la MONUC protégeaient 8,000 personnes déplacées par ces mêmes miliciens. Il s'agit d'une attaque brutale contre des militaires de l'ONU dont le seul objectif est d'assurer la sécurité des populations civiles. Elle a eu lieu alors même qu'une délégation du CIAT se trouvait dans la région afin d'étudier les raisons de la reprise

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Uganda + 1 other
Ugandan settlement struggles to accommodate new arrivals from DRC

KYAKA II SETTLEMENT, UGANDA: In just one month, the population of Kyaka II, a permanent settlement for Congolese refugees in Uganda, has grown by more than 50 per cent. Twenty-six new arrivals were registered this week - the latest group to be transferred by the UN refugee agency from two locations along Uganda's western border - bringing the overall population to more than 12,500 people.

Some 20,000 refugees have fled the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since late December. The biggest influx took place in the first two weeks of January, when around

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Meurtre de 9 soldats de la paix de l'ONU en RDC

Que s'est il passé?

Dans la matinée du 25 février 2005, 20 casques bleus appartenant au contingent bangladais de la MONUC et leur interprète, un employé civil congolais des Nations Unies, sont tombés dans une embuscade à 5 kilomètres à l'ouest du village de Kafé, dans le district d'Ituri, en RDC, tendue par un des groupes armés qui refusent de participer au processus de désarmement et de réinsertion communautaire parrainé par la communauté internationale. Au cours de cette embuscade, neuf soldats de la paix de la MONUC ont perdu la vie.

Que faisaient les casques bleus?

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Flash Hebdo Humanitaire:L'insécurité défie les efforts d'assistance aux groupes vulnérables par les organisations d'aide humanitaire en Ituri, dans l'Est de la RDC

Patrice Bogna

La MONUC facilite le transport d'une équipe médicale et de plus de 1 200 kg de médicaments à Zobia pour combattre une épidémie de peste dans cette localité:

La Section des affaires humanitaires de la MONUC a facilité le transport, par un aéronef de la MONUC, d'une équipe médicale à Zobia, une localité située à environ 530 km au nord de Kisangani, pour combattre une épidémie de peste qui a fait plus de 60 victimes. L'équipe est composée d'experts de l'OMS, de l'Institut Pasteur de Madagascar et du ministère congolais de la Santé. La MONUC a fourni 500 kg d'eau potable

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Murder of nine United Nations peacekeepers in the DRC

What happened?
During the morning of 25 February, 20 peacekeepers belonging to the Bangladeshi contingent of MONUC, and their UN civilian national staff interpreter, were ambushed 5 kilometers west of Kafe, in the district of Ituri, DRC by one of the armed groups that refused to participate in the international community sponsored Disarmament and Community based Reintegration process. During this ambush, nine MONUC peacekeepers lost their lives.

What were the peacekeepers doing?

The peacekeepers were on a mission to

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Peacekeeping Special Committee concludes 2005 session, with report noting unprecedented increase in operations

GA/PK/185

The Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations concluded its 2005 substantive session Friday evening, adopting its annual report, which noted the unprecedented increase in peacekeeping operations and commended the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations for its achievement in managing the deployment of some 75,000 military, civilian police and both international and local civilians, and for the rotation of some 120,000 uniformed personnel in 2004.

The report recognizes, however, that the current level of resources placed inevitable limits on the scope and

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DRC Weekly Humanitarian Highlights: Insecurity in Ituri continues to challenge efforts by relief agencies to assist vulnerable people in the region

Patrice Bogna

MONUC facilitates the transport of a medical team and over 1 200 Kg of medical supplies to Zobia to combat a plague epidemic in the area:

The humanitarian Section facilitated the transport by MONUC of a medical team to Zobia, an area located at about 530 Km North of Kisangani, in efforts to investigate and combat a plague epidemic which has claimed the lives of over 60 people. The team is made of experts from WHO, Institut Pasteur of Madagascar and the Congolese Health Ministry. MONUC provided the team with 500 Kg of purified water. MONUC

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Zambia: Congolese refugees in no hurry to return

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KAWAMBWA, 28 February (IRIN) - As Zambia prepares to repatriate the last of the Angolan refugees on its soil by the end of 2005, the fate of thousands of Congolese refugees, sheltered in camps throughout the country, remains unclear.

Zambia hosts an estimated 55,000 Congolese refugees, most of whom fled the country at the height of civil strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2000. In Kala refugee camp, some 45 km from the DRC-Zambia border, sentiment about returning home ranges

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