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DR Congo: MONUC peacekeepers build community hall for Luofu in North Kivu

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Kinshasa, 15 January 2010 - A new community hall has been built by Indian peacekeepers for a village devastated by conflict in April last year. 155 homes were burnt and seven people died in Luofu following conflict and unrest in the area.

The new community hall has been funded under a Quick Impact Project worth $15,000.

Blue Helmets from an Indian Battalion serving in North Kivu took on the job of constructing a community centre with all the basic amenities required. The centre is equipped with a generator, tables, chairs and a 500 litre capacity water tank.

The official opening ceremony was attended by senior Congolese Army officers, local authorities, prominent civil chiefs, government representatives and the local population. Brigadier General Ajae Kumar Sharma, the Commander of MONUC's North Kivu Brigade, expressed his gratitude to the local population for their unconditional support to MONUC and urged the FARDC officers present to ensure their able participation in population protection.

The inauguration function was also marked by a cultural programme by the local Choir Group of Luofu and people from Luofu who had gathered to express their gratitude and pledge their support to MONUC in its future endeavours.