DRC imports weapons for war crimes

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Amnesty International Tuesday called for an international treaty to limit weapons transfers to groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stem atrocities.

Ban warns against war crimes in Congo

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon vowed Tuesday those killing and raping civilians and looting villages in the Congo will be brought to justice.

U.N. official: War crimes in DRC

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The top U.N. official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said Saturday militias had committed war crimes by killing civilians.

Fresh violence in DR Congo prompts concern

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The head of the United Nations is calling for an end to violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after violence flared in the country on Thursday.

Violence in Congo invokes Rwandan memories

MUSHAKE, Republic of the Congo, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The renewed conflict in eastern Congo involving the state army and troops loyal to a rebel general evokes memories of Rwanda as thousands flee the region.

Violence erupts in Congo

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The United Nations says there is a massive displacement of people under way as a result of an upsurge of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nkunda forces targeted by DRC army

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's army has begun advancing into territory filled with troops loyal to rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda.

Hundreds flee violence in DRC

GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Escalating conflict between the Democratic Republic of Congo government troops and those loyal to former DRC General Laurent Nkunda has forced hundreds to flee.

Laurent Nkunda alias Laurent Nkundabatware or Laurent Nkunda Batware (born February 2, 1967) is a former General in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is the former leader of a rebel faction operating in the province of Nord-Kivu, sympathetic to Congolese Tutsis and the Tutsi-dominated government of neighbouring Rwanda. Nkunda commanded the former DRC troops of the 81st and 83rd Brigades of the DRC Army. He speaks English, French, Swahili, and Kinyarwanda. In early 2009, he was captured during a joint operation between the Congolese and Rwandese militaries.

Nkunda has six children, his oldest son being 18. Before joining the military, Nkunda studied psychology at Kisangani University then became a school teacher in Kichanga. He has claimed to admire leaders including Gandhi and George W. Bush.

Nkunda is an ordained Christian preacher and an ordained minister. He says that most of his troops have converted. In the 2008 documentary Blood Coltan about the real costs of mobile phones, Nkunda proudly shows a button he wears that reads "Rebels for Christ." He claims to be a Seventh-day Adventist pastor. He also claims to receive help and guidance from American "Rebels for Christ" who visit the Congo spreading Pentecostal Christianity. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has disputed Nkunda's claims of affiliation.

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