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JRS Dispatches No. 187

Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office


On 9 February, Reuters news agency reported at least 55,000 people have been displaced in North and South Kivu, eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as a result of fighting between the army and armed groups.

Since fighting erupted on 17 January in the Rutshuru district of North Kivu, tens of thousands of people have

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Girls', women's roles in civil wars more widespread, study finds

New York (dpa) - A Canadian-sponsored study published Wednesday showed that recruitment and abductions of girls and women to fight in many civil wars in Africa were widespread even though governments in the region denied a role in the practice.
The Montreal-based group, Rights and Democracy, spent more than three years studying the role and presence of girls and women in civil wars in Sierra Leone, Angola, Uganda, Congo, Liberia and other countries, concluding that the issue has been underestimated and misunderstood.

The study, entitled "Where Are the

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Recent killings of humanitarian workers demonstrate changing landscape for UN operations, SC told by humanitarian affairs head

Briefs on Challenges Faced in Protecting Civilians in Conflict Areas; Speakers Welcome Updated Aide-Memoire on Objectives, 10 'Action Points'

Security Council
4877th Meeting (AM & PM)

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Opinion piece: UN steps up action on child soldiers

By Casey Kelso, Coordinator of the Coaliton to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
AI-index: ACT 76/002/2003

In a recent diplomatic dance to confront those governments and armed groups using child soldiers, the United Nations took both a firm step forward and a small side-step.

The challenge to act came in 2001 when the UN Security Council (led by France) adopted a ground-breaking initiative to compile a list of those using or recruiting children as soldiers in armed conflicts on its agenda. Non-governmental organisations campaigning