GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – The United States and Britain pushed Democratic Republic of Congo officials to prosecute soldiers accused of raping some 130 women and girls in Congo’s volatile east, U.N. Security Council envoys said during a visit to the country on Sunday.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, and British U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant raised the issue during a meeting between the 15 Security Council envoys and Congo’s defense, interior and justice ministers in Kinshasa on Saturday.
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 6 (Reuters) – After
an aggressive new U.N. brigade in eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo scored a military victory over M23 rebels and forced them
back to peace talks, U.N. peacekeepers are now turning their
focus to two other equally dangerous armed groups.
During a visit by U.N. Security Council ambassadors to the
eastern capital of Goma on Sunday, U.N. officials said that
while M23 had garnered global headlines, just as great a threat
was posed by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda
(FDLR) and the Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
KINSHASA (Reuters) – A third of child soldiers who have escaped from Congolese rebel group M23 were lured from neighboring Rwanda with promises of cash, jobs and education, the United Nations said on Saturday.
Some M23 child soldiers received training from the Rwandan Defence Force for up to two weeks before being handed over to the rebel group, with some of the children believing mistakenly that they were joining the Rwandan army, the chief of child protection at the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country said.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Building on a fragile unity, the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Syria’s government to allow cross-border aid deliveries and called on combatants in the country’s war to agree humanitarian pauses in fighting and aid convoy routes.
Millions of people in Syria are in desperate need of help as a result of a 2-1/2-year civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people, but aid has slowed to a trickle because of violence and excessive red tape.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Building on a fragile unity, the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged the Syrian government to allow cross-border aid deliveries and called on all parties to Syria’s conflict to agree on humanitarian pauses in fighting and key routes for aid convoys.
More than 2 million Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled during the 2-1/2-year-old civil war, which the United Nations says has killed more than 100,000 people. Millions more inside Syria are in desperate need of help, but aid has slowed to a trickle because of violence and excessive red tape.