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31 Jul 2008 description

Alison Raphael, OneWorld US

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30 (OneWorld) - The peace agreements signed in January are unraveling fast in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving 200 dead and some 150,000 Congolese with no alternative but flight so far this year, according to newly formed Congo Advocacy Coalition (CAC).

"The peace agreement has failed to silence the guns, and the people of eastern Congo continue to suffer and to run for their lives," said Juliette Prodhan, head of Oxfam Great Britain, a member of CAC.

"The parties to the agreement must urgently …

25 Jan 2008 description

Haider Rizvi

NEW YORK, Jan 25 (OneWorld) - More than 1,000 people continue to die every day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a result of armed conflict fueled predominantly by the world's thirst for gold and diamonds.

In the past 10 years, according to a new study from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), at least 5.4 million Congolese have lost their lives because of the violence.

"The conflict and its aftermath, in terms of fatalities, surpass any other since World War II," said IRC president George Rupp.

17 Dec 2007 description

By Alison Raphael

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 17 (OneWorld) - Renewed fighting between army troops and rebel forces in the eastern province of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is worsening displacement among civilians in the area and leading to forced recruitment of displaced people, including children, as fighters.

Antonio Guterres, head of the UN High Commission for Refugees, denounced this practice Sunday after touring refugee camps in North Kivu, where close to 20 per cent of the population has been displaced due to conflict.