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U.N. Tries to Broker Cease-Fire in Congo

Tens of thousands of refugees displaced by fighting in eastern Congo are desperate for food rations and other international aid.

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Coaxing Militiamen Out of Congo
Article | NYABIONDO, Congo -- The couple had spent three hard years in a militia camp deep in the forests around this eastern Congolese village when they finally decided to escape.
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A Makeshift Existence
Article | RUTSHURU, Congo Even before fighting flared, Anita Kakule and her smallest son lived on a tattered straw mat in a corner of a schoolroom. When classes met, she relocated their mat and three salvaged pots to the shade of a nearby eucalyptus tree. "It's because of Nkunda. Because of Nkunda, I'm he...
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Rebels Press Young Men to Join Fight in Congo
Article | KIBATI, Congo, Nov. 12 -- In the past few days, a new category of displaced people has begun arriving at this muddy, sprawling camp in the green hills of eastern Congo: young men who say they are running from rebels who bang down their doors at night and force them to join their cause.
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Congo's Troops Rape and Loot In Volatile East
Article | GOMA, Congo, Nov. 11 -- Hundreds of Congolese soldiers rampaged through several villages in eastern Congo, raping women and pillaging homes as they pulled back ahead of a feared rebel advance, U.N. officials reported Tuesday.
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Congo's Poor Lose Last Possessions
Article | NYONGERA, Congo, Nov. 14 -- It was her favorite dress, a pretty, long one with a wild pattern of colorful flowers. By her calculation, Anastazi Mahano saved five years for the small luxury, keeping the dress from the mud that stains everything here brown, wearing it only for weddings and Sunday...

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