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26 Dec 2004 description
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KIGALI, Dec 26, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Several Congolese nationals crossed to Rwanda as they claim fresh harassment and killings in the Walikare region in eastern South Kivu province of the Congo, state-run radio reported Sunday.

"The fighting are targeting the Kinyarwanda-speaking Congolese commonly known as Banyamurenge and many of our relatives have been killed," said Beatrice Kayitesi, who crossed to the Rwandan border side of Gisenyi.

Banyamurenge is the main inhabitant of southern and eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who speak similar …

23 Dec 2004 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 23, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday received six million US dollars urgently-required funds to assist refugees now living in western Tanzania.

The money came from a British government donation in the amount of 3 million pounds or 6 billion Tanzanian shillings (6 million US dollars).

"The contribution from the United Kingdom comes at a critical time allowing us to purchase food desperately needed in the region, " said Patrick Buckley, the WFP representative and country director, in his statement.

21 Dec 2004 description
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KIGALI, Dec 21, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 20 Rwandan refugees who have been in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) returned home Tuesday after a decade in refugee camps in north Kivu province.

Speaking to reporters at Kigali International Airport where they were received by officials of the Rwandan government and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the refugees said that they were scared that they would be killed but nothing was happening to them, and they hoped to live a normal life.

16 Dec 2004 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 16, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) is to provide safe water to Kyangwali Refugee Resettlement Camp in Hoima district, western Uganda at 350,000 US dollars, local press reported on Thursday.

14 Dec 2004 description
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LUANDA, Dec 14, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Over 870 Angolan refugees who lived in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have returned to their mother country on Dec.

13 Dec 2004 description
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KIGALI, Dec 13, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Former Congolese rebels blocked Kinshasa's troops reinforcement to the border with Rwanda, according to reports on Monday.

09 Dec 2004 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 9, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ugandan Parliament has passed a resolution supporting government initiatives to avert the deteriorating relations with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reported local press on Thursday.

The resolution, passed on Wednesday, urged the three governments to resort to peaceful means enshrined in the various peace accords to which they are signatories.

It urged "parliamentarians in the Great Lakes region be involved fully in peace processes initiated by our government, the United Nations and the African …

09 Dec 2004 description
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KIGALI, Dec 9, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Rwanda has strongly denied reports from Uganda its forces clashed with Ugandan troops over the weekend at Uganda-Congo-Rwanda border, a senior presidential adviser said here Thursday.

Speaking to reporters, President Kagame's envoy to the Great Lakes region Richard Sezibera said the clashes were "falsehoods peddled by some elements" who are not happy with the improving relations between the two countries.

08 Dec 2004 description
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KIGALI, Dec 8, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Burundian and Congolese refugees in southern Rwanda have begun to flee their camps to other provinces due to an alleged shortage of basic needs, local officials said Wednesday.

The commission of repatriation and integration of refugees said 315 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Coko refugee camp in Gikongoro province started sneaking out of the camp after being denied basic requirements.

03 Dec 2004 description
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KIGALI, Dec 3, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Rwandan government has categorically denied any role in the on-going clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), saying that "all reported moves of Rwandan troops in the DRC are false."

02 Dec 2004 description
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by Ssekandi Ronald, Chen Cailin

30 Nov 2004 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 30, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Tension is rising on the Uganda-Congo border due to the activities of Uganda's rebel People's Redemption Army (PRA) and the regrouping of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), reported state-owned newspaper The New Vision on Tuesday.

Leader of a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Armed Forces of the Congolese People (FAPC), General Jerome Kakwavu was quoted as saying that his forces had clashed with PRA rebels in Omgbokoro-Ariwara in northeastern Congo, about 15 km from Uganda's Koboko town.

Kakwavu …

27 Nov 2004 description
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KIGALI, Nov 27, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Rwanda will attack rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) if little is done to disarm them, President Paul Kagame said here Saturday upon his return from Burkina Faso.

Kagame said the Kinshasa government and other partners have not done enough to ensure the disarmament of the rebels who still pose security threat in the region.

"I'm very sure, if there was a will of either side, we wouldn't be having these problems in the region and I call upon the concerned authorities to take serious measures with no sympathy …

20 Nov 2004 description
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by Yi Gaochao and Zhang Ran

19 Nov 2004 description
report Xinhua

DAR ES SALAAM, Nov 19, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- More than a dozen of heads of state gathered here on Friday to attend the inaugural summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region that is expected to bring peace to the region.

10 Nov 2004 description
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KINSHASA, Nov 10, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- United Nations (UN) peacekeepers on Wednesday called on Rwandan Hutu rebels in the lawless eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "grasp the last chance" and voluntarily return home.

23 Oct 2004 description
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LUSAKA, Oct 23, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - More than 1,500 refugees have returned home in Kilwa-Mulenga Island in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from Zambia, the official Zambia Daily Mail said Saturday.

Kennedy Sakeni, deputy minister of Luapula province that shares a border with the DRC, was quoted as saying business in the border area has returned to normal, adding the barge of Australian firm Anvil has started shuttling between the DRC and Zambia.

"Business has returned to normal. The mining firm, Anvil, has started its operations and movements …

20 Oct 2004 description
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KIGALI, Oct 20, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo (MONUC) has said that the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( DRC) still gives sanctuary to over 8,500 extremist Hutu militias involved in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The report said that the number of the militias, known as the Interahamwe, had increased after they recruited young men who crossed to the DRC in 1994 aged between 8-10 years.

17 Oct 2004 description
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LUSAKA, Oct 17, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- As new sign of unrest in the Great Lakes region, at least 80 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have entered Zambia, following seizure of Congolese mining town of Kilwa, local newspaper Sunday Post reported.

Zambian Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Peter Mumba was quoted as saying the refugees were undergoing screening before they could be granted refugee status.

"They are undergoing the usual screening so that we don't harbor combatants," he said.

Mumba said the Zambian government has put measures in …

20 Sep 2004 description
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KAMPALA, Sept 20, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- About 2,000 Congolese who entered Uganda illegally and settled in areas along Lake Albert in western Uganda have been deported to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reported The New Vision newspaper on Monday.

The operation is being coordinated by the resident district commissioners (RDCs) of Masindi, Hoima and Nebbi.

Masindi RDC Hassan Galiwango told press that over a million Congolese had illegally settled in the districts. He said they would all be deported except those willing to register as refugees.