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  • As U.S. accepts more Syrian refugees, Baltimore Resettlement Center plans for influx

    09/10/2015 7:29:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/10/15 | Scott Dance, Colin Campbell and Paul Richter
    President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered his administration to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the United States next year, amid international pressure to act as heartbreaking images emerge of sometimes-deadly attempts to escape to Europe. California is the top resettlement destination, but some likely will come to centers in the Baltimore area, where refugees will be provided with furnished apartments, classes in English and American culture and help finding work. The International Rescue Committee office in Highlandtown, which has helped to resettle 26 Syrian refugees this year, anticipates receiving many more. The agency helps to resettle...
  • ‘They tied me up and hacked off my lips’

    07/18/2003 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 43 replies · 1,395+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 07/19/03 | Jonathan Clayton
    An army of child tyrants is terrorising nothern Uganda FIRST the rebels tied Geofrey Obita’s hands behind his back so tightly that he could barely move his fingers. Then, telling the 16-year-old schoolboy not to scream, they sliced off his ears. Then they pushed him down to the ground and cut off what they could of his lips. “They were all over me, stamping, pushing, cutting. I could not move, I could barely breathe,” he told The Times in a barely audible whisper from his hospital bed in the small impoverished northern Ugandan town of Kitgum. Yet the child soldiers...
  • Ugandan LRA 'in church massacre' (Catholic women and children slaughtered)

    12/30/2008 6:03:51 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 890+ views
    BBC ^ | December 29, 2008
    Uganda's army has accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of hacking to death 45 civilians in a Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Capt Chris Magezi said the scene was "horrendous... dead bodies of mostly women and children cut in pieces". The attack happened on 26 December. A rebel spokesman has denied responsibility for the killings, which follow a collapse in the peace process. The UN says at least 189 people were killed in several attacks last week. Some reports say more than 100 people were killed in the church alone. The armies of Uganda, South Sudan and DR...
  • U.N. surveillance drone in Congo crashes - sources

    01/15/2014 5:11:16 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Reuters (UK) ^ | Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:20am GMT | Bienvenu-Marie Bakumanya; David Lewis; Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. ... A source at Goma's airport confirmed the incident. A spokesman for the U.N. mission was not available for comment. The Falco drones used by the U.N. force are manufactured by Selex ES, a unit of Italian defence group Finmeccanica. The firm was not immediately available for comment.
  • Congo's M23 rebels surrender to Ugandan military

    11/07/2013 9:40:42 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 7, 2013, 7:32 AM | AP
    KAMPALA, Uganda At least 1,700 Congolese M23 rebels, including the top commander, have surrendered to Ugandan authorities following their defeat by Congolese troops, a Ugandan military official said Thursday. Gen. Sultani Makenga, M23's military commander, and his fighters were being held by the Ugandan military in Mgahinga, a forested area near the Congo border, the official said. The rebels had been disarmed and were being registered by Ugandan officials, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give this information. This week the rebels lost control of all the territory they once held...
  • Rwandan invasion of DR Congo feared

    09/14/2013 3:08:41 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 21 replies
    AFP via Fox News ^ | September 14, 2013 | AFP
    WINDHOEK (AFP) – Southern African nations on Saturday expressed concern at the growing number of Rwandan troops on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and said it hoped an invasion was not imminent. A statement from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional body said it was concerned "at the deployment of Rwandan troops along the common border" and "expressed the hope that Rwanda is not contemplating to invade". ... The UN accuses Rwanda of backing the M23, a charge the country has adamantly denied. The rebels in turn have accused the Congolese army of joining forces against...
  • UN: Peacekeepers shoot 4 in Congo firefight

    07/11/2013 6:19:06 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan
    Business Standard ^ | July 11, 2013 Last Updated at 00:45 IST | AP
    UN peacekeepers in the Congo were drawn into a gun battle between unidentified gunmen and the M23 rebel group today and shot four of the attackers, a UN spokesman said. About 30 unidentified people assaulted an M23 rebel position early today five miles (eight kilometres) from Goma in Congo's North Kivu province, spokesman Martin Nesirky said. The M23 rebels counter-attacked, and as the assailants retreated they fired shots at the UN peacekeepers' post, Nesirky said.
  • Congo: We did whatever we wanted, says soldier who raped 53 women

    04/13/2013 12:31:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 11 April 2013 13.43 EDT | Pete Jones in Minova
    In a small house on a hill overlooking Lake Kivu, a young Congolese soldier recounts the crimes he and his comrades committed in Minova a few months ago. "Twenty-five of us gathered together and said we should rape 10 women each, and we did it," he said. "I've raped 53 women. And children of five or six years old. "I didn't rape because I am angry, but because it gave us a lot of pleasure," says 22-year-old Mateso (not his real name). "When we arrived here we met a lot of women. We could do whatever we wanted." ... On...
  • Waiting in vain for a train in DR Congo

    11/24/2011 2:24:38 AM PST · by Cardhu · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | November 24th 2011 | Julian Keane
    Alexandre Mapokopero is proud to work for SNCC, the national railway of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the last time he actually mounted a train was back in June. As chief train attendant in the southern city of Lubumbashi, his job is to attend to passengers' every needs while they are travelling. He turns up for work every day but there is no work to go to because so few of the country's trains are actually running. Mr Mapokopero complains that he is owed more than 60 months' back-pay. "I can't afford to resign," he says, hoping that one...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • IMF expresses concern over DR Congo debt to China (34 % of known global cobalt reserves)

    09/24/2008 5:44:44 PM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 291+ views
    afp ^ | 9/25/08 | afp
    A senior official with the International Monetary Fund expressed concern over the Democratic Republic of Congo's levels of debt to China, in a report released Wednesday after a 18-day visit here.
  • Kinshasa, Congo - U.N. launches military operation to rescue diplomats

    08/21/2006 10:43:53 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 543+ views
    AP News Alert | August 21, 2006
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The U.N. said Monday it had launched a military operation to rescue foreign diplomats inside the besieged home of a Congo presidential candidate.
  • U.N. says 200 feared dead after Congo ferry sinks 

    01/31/2004 10:51:44 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 164+ views
    Reuters | January 31, 2004
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Up to 200 people were missing and feared dead after a ferry was destroyed by fire on the mighty Congo River in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. officials in the country said on Saturday. A U.N. spokesman said aid workers had rescued 301 people out of about 500 passengers, many of whom scrambled to jump out of the boat as it fell apart engulfed by flames. He said the disaster happened last Monday, but the potential scale of the tragedy only became apparent on Friday when officials finally reached survivors sheltering in...
  • Lightning kills 11 children in Congo [85 injured]

    10/13/2003 12:58:29 PM PDT · by yonif · 4 replies · 112+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon 13 October, 2003 17:54 BST
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Lightning has struck a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo killing 11 children and injuring 85, a U.N. official says. Pupils at a school for 200 students in Bikoro in the northwest of the giant central African country suffered burns or electric shock when the thunderbolt hit on Thursday. "Twenty five of the 85 injured are in a coma," the official told Reuters. "Most of the others have second-degree burns." The school buildings sustained virtually no damage, she said.