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Latest news from DRC

DRC: Stakes high for vote on draft constitution

KINSHASA, 15 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Almost 25 million voters in the DRC could prepare the way for the country's first presidential and parliamentary elections if they accept the draft constitution that is to be presented to them on Sunday in a referendum, senior diplomats said in Kinshasa.Full report


DRC: World Bank approves US $125-million grant for reconstruction

NAIROBI, 9 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The World Bank has approved a US $125-million grant to help the Democratic Republic of Congo rebuild its agricultural production and enhance food security, the bank said on Thursday. Full report


GREAT LAKES: UN appeal seeks $154.5 million for recovery efforts

NAIROBI, 7 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The 2006 annual UN appeal to donors for humanitarian aid for the Great Lakes region, which is for US $154.5 million, has begun focusing more on recovery efforts while still providing emergency relief, UN officials said at the appeal's launch on Tuesday.Full report


GREAT LAKES: EU calls for revival of regional economic bloc

AMSTERDAM, 6 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The European Union commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, Louis Michel, has called for the revival of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries that ceased to exist in the mid-1990s as a result of war in the region.Full report


DRC: Relief efforts blocked in northern Katanga as fighting continues

NAIROBI, 6 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Medecins Sans Frontieres says that the army in northern Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo has blocked relief workers from entering the area since beginning a military campaign against local militias there in mid-November. Full report


DRC: Rescue, recovery teams search lake for quake victims

KINSHASA, 6 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The search for possible victims of an earthquake near the lakeside town of Kalemie in eastern Congo continued along the shores of Lake Tanganyika on Tuesday, humanitarian and provincial authorities in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province, said. Full report


GREAT LAKES: Returning refugees risk being displaced

NAIROBI, 6 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of refugees in the Great Lakes region have started returning home, but without adequate support they could reignite conflicts and end up joining the millions of people displaced within their own countries, a senior UN official said on Tuesday. Full report


GLOBAL: UN appeals for US $4.7 billion in life-saving aid

NEW YORK, 2 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The high US$4.7 billion price tag on the United Nationsí latest global appeal, is because there are currently a large number of humanitarian operations and natural disasters, according to Jan Egeland, the UNís under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. Full report


GREAT LAKES: Norway to promote peace and development through culture, sports

AMSTERDAM, 2 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Norway launched a programme on Friday to support culture and sports in developing countries, especially among people in conflict zones such as Africa's Great Lakes region.Full report


DRC: Interview with Bernard Lututala Mumpasi, rector of Kinshasa University

BRUSSELS, 1 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - University of Kinshasa, formerly known as Lovanium University, was founded in 1954 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when the country was a...Full report

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IRIN Focuses & Interviews for DRC

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DRC: Interview of the administrator of UNICEF's education programme, Mohamed Fall.

 

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