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CONGO-SUDAN: First batch of Sudanese returnees arrive home

KHARTOUM, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The first batch of 10,000 Sudanese refugees who have lived in the Central African Republic for 16 years arrived home this week following a recent agreement between the two governments and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.Full report

DRC: MSF-Spain reduces activities in Nyunzu Territory

KINSHASA, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Medicos Sin Fronteras-Espana has reduced its activities in Nyunzu Territory, in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga Province, because of the poor care local medical staffs are providing patients, the head of the NGO's mission in the provincial town of Lubumbashi has said. Full report

CONGO: School closed due to soil erosion threat

BRAZZAVILLE, 7 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Some 504 Emerald Primary School students, in the northwest of Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, have been transferred to another school because of soil erosion that has created a huge chasm near their classrooms, the school's management said.Full report

RWANDA: Appeal against ex-minister's acquittal begins

ARUSHA, TANZANIA, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - An appeal against the acquittal of a former Rwandan minister by a lower court of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda began on Monday before its Appeals Chamber. Full report

DRC: Supreme court confirms referendum results

KINSHASA, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The Supreme Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the results of a constitutional referendum held on 18 December 2005, in which 84.3 percent of the votes cast were in favour of the draft constitution, the court's president, Lwamba Bindu, said.Full report

RWANDA: Local government polls begin

KIGALI, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - Local government elections began on Monday in Rwanda for 21,500 officials to head cells countrywide, the nation's lowest administrative units.Full report

DRC-RWANDA: ICJ dismisses Congo's case over lack of jurisdiction

THE HAGUE, 6 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The International Court of Justice, the United Nations' principal judicial organ based in The Hague, has ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to consider an application filed in May 2002 by the Democratic Republic of the Congo against neighbouring Rwanda. Full report

DRC: UNICEF, Gov’t sign plan to aid women, children

KINSHASA, 3 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Nations Children's Fund have signed a new plan of action to mobilise US $93.9 million to support government, civil society and development partners' efforts to improve the living conditions of the nation's most vulnerable groups.Full report

DRC: Continued attacks in North Kivu leave 37,000 IDPs without aid

KINSHASA, 3 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - At least 37,000 internally displaced persons are without humanitarian relief because of continued attacks by military insurgents in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said.Full report

BURUNDI: Year in Brief: Burundi 2005 - A chronology of key events

NAIROBI, 2 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - 1 Jan - Thousands of civilians are displaced following fierce fighting in the western province of Bujumbura Rural. The fighting, in the communes of Isale, Nyabiraba and Kanyosha, east of the capital, Bujumbura, is between the rebel Forces nationales de libération (FNL) of Agathon Rwasa and a coalition of the Burundian army and troops loyal to Pierre Nkurunziza, leader of the former largest rebel faction in Burundi, the Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces de défense pour la démocratie (CNDD-FDD).Full report


Year in Brief and Review for Great Lakes

BURUNDI: Year in Brief: Burundi 2005 - A chronology of key events

TANZANIA: Year in Brief 2005 - A chronology of key events

IRIN Special Reports for Great Lakes

DRC: Crisis in Katanga ignored

BURUNDI: New president faces monumental tasks

IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Great Lakes

BURUNDI-RWANDA: Tension increases in ongoing land dispute

BURUNDI: Rebel group continues to threaten peace, development

BURUNDI-TANZANIA: Refugees reluctant to return home

CONGO: Rural residents left high and dry for lack of clean water


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