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Thousands flee ADF attacks in Eastern DR Congo

Thousands flee ADF attacks in Eastern DR Congo

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is rushing support to tens of thousands of people who have been recently displaced in the aftermath of brutal attacks and fighting by the armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. More than 50,000 people have fled in the aftermath of a recent upsurge in fighting in North Kivu. The displaced include an overwhelming number of children – including many who are unaccompanied by either a parent or guardian. Brutal attacks blamed on the armed group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed at least 13 people at ...
‘All’ Armed Groups Commit to Ceasefire in DRC’s South Kivu

‘All’ Armed Groups Commit to Ceasefire in DRC’s South Kivu

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Since the start of the year, 139 violent deaths have been recorded in DRC's South Kivu at the hands of militias or the army Around 70 armed groups have agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" in DR Congo's South Kivu province, a flashpoint in the country's troubled east, civilian representatives of the militias said Wednesday. "All the armed groups of South Kivu agree to a cessation of hostilities and to instruct their respective members," read a statement issued after a meeting in Murhesa near the provincial capital Bukavu. The three-day meeting, attended by the DR Congo's deputy defence minister Sylvain Mutombo, was co-organised by US conflict-resolution group Search for Common Ground. A similar meeting was held last December at the same venue, when 32 local armed gro...
At least 50 Feared Dead in DR Congo Mine Collapse

At least 50 Feared Dead in DR Congo Mine Collapse

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Makeshift mine collapses in the town of Kamituga in South Kivu province following heavy rains in the eastern region. At least 50 people are feared dead after a gold mine collapsed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local authorities have said. The accident in the makeshift mine occurred on Friday about 3pm local time (13:00 GMT) following heavy rains in the town of Kamituga in South Kivu province. Provincial governor Theo Ngwabije Kasi deplored "the tragic deaths of 50 people, most of them young". Kamituga Mayor Alexandre Bundya blamed "soil subsidence caused by torrential rain" for the accident and said "the exact number of victims" was not yet known. He declared a two-day mourning period and urged local residents to help extract the bodies fr...