A former child soldier speaks out
BUNIA, DR Congo, 5 April 2005 – Celestin recently entered a UNICEF-supported Disarmament and Community Reintegration site near Bunia, in eastern DR Congo. For two years he was one of the estimated 33,000 children associated with armed groups. Celestin is being reunited with his family and is planning to study to become a doctor.
Cholera cases surge in crowded camps
NEW YORK, 1 April 2005 – UNICEF is helping fight an outbreak of cholera in the displaced persons’ camps in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Cholera cases in Kafe camp have increased from two to 110 in the last week alone, and three people have died from the disease.
Former child soldiers reclaim their lost childhood
KPANDROMA, Ituri District, DR Congo, 30 March 2005 - At a UNICEF-supported demobilization and community reintegration centre in Kpandroma, Congolese children, some as young as eight, are putting on a play to re-enact the ordeal they endured as pawns of armed groups.
UNICEF helps more than 2,300 children in Ituri return to life outside armed groups
NEW YORK, 21 March 2005 – More than 2,300 children - including 454 girls - who had been abducted by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo have passed through UNICEF’s demobilisation and community reintegration sites since the process was launched in September 2004.
Dramatic increase in children dying
NEW YORK, 10 March 2005 - Vital aid is being restored to eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo after agencies were forced to withdraw last week because of renewed fighting. They say there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people leaving their homes to escape the violence and a rise in the number of children dying every day.
Tens of thousands flee militia violence in eastern DR Congo
BUNIA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 15 February 2005 – Huddled in groups under palm trees and plastic sheeting, tens of thousands of people from the Ituri district, in the north-eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have again been forced to flee their homes.
Eastern Congo camps provide refuge in a bloody civil war
NEW YORK, 14 February 2005 – The number of people seeking protection from an upsurge in violence in the eastern district of Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo, has risen dramatically in the past week.
Massive aid effort as 80,000 people forced to flee
BUNIA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 9 February 2005 - Ongoing violence in Ituri district in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced at least 80,000 people to flee their homes. Reports indicate that villages have been abandoned, homes have been burned to the ground and property and livelihoods destroyed by armed groups moving through the region and targeting civilians.
Conflict in eastern DR Congo has forced millions to flee homes
NEW YORK, 16 December 2004 – Fierce fighting is reported to have erupted at Kanyabayonga in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a region hard hit by a six-year conflict. Despite the presence of a UN peacekeeping mission, there are fears that the ongoing violence could get even worse. Some 2.5 million people in the region have now fled their homes – more than three million in the country as a whole.