NGO workers kidnapped for ransom in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Aid workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were kidnapped in two separate incidents over the week-end, raising fears that mineral-rich North Kivu province may again be targeted by rebels, smugglers and cross-border raids. Analysts say the recent surge in kidnappings may be due to a wider political crisis in the country.
US Wants ‘Concrete Steps’ to Prepare for DRC Elections
A senior U.S. diplomat visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged the government there to take concrete steps to prepare for future elections, and to cooperate fully with the U.N. mission working to resolve conflicts in the DRC. Sarah Sewall, the U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, also warned of consequences for those who violate constitutional processes. Sewall spoke to reporters Saturday in Goma, in the eastern part of the country.
Sewall was wrapping up a weeklong visit to the DRC, which she said focused on two key issues: elections and cooperation between the Congolese army and the U.N. mission here, known as MONUSCO.
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