Major headlines coming out of Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burma, Syria, Sudan and South Sudan,
Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Kabila declared winner of DR Congo poll—Al Jazeera
“Joseph Kabila, the incumbent president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been declared the provisional winner of the country’s presidential poll, the DRC election commission has announced…”
“President Joseph Kabila has been declared the winner of Democratic Republic of Congo’s election. He obtained 49% of the vote against 32% for veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, the election commission chief said…”
“The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo will call in the army if street protests against the outcome of the country’s election become “too chaotic,” a senior member of President Joseph Kabila’s camp has said, a day before full results are due…”
Congo Anticipates Election Result Mayhem—Voice of America
“In the final hours before the Congolese election results are supposed to be released, security forces, aid workers and local people are on high alert. Supporters of leading opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi say if incumbent president Joseph Kabila wins – as expected – they plan to take to the streets…”
Sudan and South Sudan
“South Sudan’s foreign minister has warned his country is on the brink of war with Sudan following days of fierce fighting along the border…”
UN warns of war between Sudan and South Sudan—Sudan Tribune
“A senior United Nations official today warned that Sudan and South Sudan could go to war over the disputes related to the secession of the south and military conflicts on the border region…”
UN: Abyei ‘Fragile;’ Borders Tense—Voice of America
“The United Nations’ peacekeeping chief says the security situation in the disputed region of Abyei, which both Sudan and South Sudan claim, is fragile. Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council on Thursday that a joint border monitoring mechanism needs to be created to build confidence between the two sides and prevent a return to war between the two states…”
“The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) says it has recaptured Jaw Payam in Unity State following an attack by Sudan Armed Forces (SAF). The Spokesperson of the SPLA, Col. Philip Aguer, told Radio Miraya that the SPLA launched military assaults in Jaw on Wednesday night to drive back the SAF…”
Desperation, Hunger in South Sudan as Refugees Flee Bombs—Voice of America
“Desperation and hunger are growing in South Sudan’s Doro refugee camp where more than 20,000 people have fled bombings in Sudan’s Blue Nile state in recent weeks…”
“The governor of South Kordofan and Sudanese army today pledged to clear South Kordfan from the rebels of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North before the end of the year…”
“The Sudanese national assembly on Thursday approved an amendment to article (5) of the law governing the oil transit fees which now authorizes the finance ministry to seize crude exports as a form of payment if necessary…”
“The United Nations Mission in South Sudan is sending peacekeeping troops to Jonglei State, to assist with the protection of civilians in Jalle, Bor County…”
“The French oil company Total is set to construct an oil pipeline from South Sudan through Uganda to a seaport in Kenya…”
Several displaced beaten up by armed group—Radio Dabanga
“An armed group attacked, beat up and looted several displaced persons at the Ban Jedid Camp, Serbra locality (Western Darfur). Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that 5 gunmen opened fire on 4 displaced people as they were on their way back from the market to the camp…”
Abu-Tira injures ZamZam displaced—Radio Dabanga
“The displaced Hater Mansour Tabor was purposely targeted during an attack by the Central Reserve Forces, also known as Abu Tira…”
“Over one square kilometer of land in Mapel Payam has been allocated to the Disarmament Demoblization and Reintegration Commission by the authorities of Western Bar Ghazel State on Wednesday for the construction of a training center and accommodation for ex-combatants…”
“Turkey cannot stand by and watch if Syria’s crackdown on a popular uprising puts security in the region at risk, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday…”
Syria: Protesters Killed, Including 2 Children—Huffington Post
“Syrian forces killed at least six people – including two children – as they fired on anti-government demonstrations across the country on Friday, activists said…”
Ethnic wars cast pall over Burma reforms—Sydney Morning Herald
“Fighting has intensified between the Burmese army and ethnic rebels nine months after Burma’s President Thein Sein promised to end a ”hell of untold miseries” that have been endured by ethnic minority Burmese groups for decades…”
US: No Combat Role for Troops in Uganda—Voice of America
“The State Department’s chief Africa diplomat said Wednesday U.S. troops sent to Uganda to help local forces fight the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group will not engage in combat operations themselves. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson says the marauding LRA has been degraded but remains a serious threat to Uganda and three neighbors in Central Africa…”
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