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Equateur province in the west of the country.

Also in the province, an additional 50 soldiers and 130 former presidential security officers have been registered for integration, the mission said. In another development, MONUC is assisting those who have been displaced by clashes between the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in North and South Kivu. Among other

efforts, MONUC is ensuring that humanitarian workers have safe access to provide relief to those in need.

Darfur: International Criminal Court holds outreach mission in neighbouring Chad

3 May - Following this week’s arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against

suspects wanted in connection with the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, ICC officials are

conducting a three-day visit to refugee camps in eastern Chad to explain their work to some of the

estimated 2 million people who have fled there. The ICC Registrar Bruno Cathala and the Head of the Division of Victims and Counsel Didier Preira arrived in eastern Chad yesterday to talk with refugee representatives in three camps, the Court said in a press release.

Those camps, at Bredjing, Farchana and Treguine, are together home to about 65,000 people who are part of the vast population of Sudanese displaced by the conflict that has raged in Darfur since 2003.

During the visit, which is part of the Court’s outreach strategy on Darfur, Mr. Cathala and Mr. Preira will focus on the rights of victims to participate in ICC proceedings, including in presenting their views and concerns at all stages, regardless of whether they are called to testify as witnesses.

Yesterday, one of the ICC’s pre-trial chambers issued arrest warrants for crimes against humanity and war crimes for two men after endorsing the evidence found during an investigation by Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo into the situation in Darfur. Ahmad Muhammad Harun, former Minister of State for the Interior of the Government of Sudan and currently Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Muhammad Al Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, now face arrest. The two men are accused of targeting civilians in attacks on four villages in West Darfur between August 2003 and March 2004, according to the warrant that outlines multiple counts of personal responsibility for murder, pillaging and rape for each.

Somalia: UN agency steps up aid to first wave of people who fled Mogadishu

3 May - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it was stepping up a drive to

deliver food to almost 100,000 of the 365,000 people driven from their homes in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, which in recent weeks as seen the worst fighting experienced by the country in 16 years. With the worst clashes having died down, the agency said hopes to soon feed up to 150,000 of the displaced given the urgency of the situation. “We have to help these people now,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “Women, children and the elderly are sheltering from the rain under trees and cholera is spreading.”

The agency, which last week reached 32,000 people west of Mogadishu, is expanding its operations further west and south. “Many people left the capital with virtually nothing but

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