Human Rights Watch appealed to the U.S. government to swiftly execute the new legislation aimed at helping protect civilians in Central Africa from attacks of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, which killed 96 civilians January and early April in a deadly rampage in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.S. Congress has recently passed the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to sign it soon. Meanwhile, 54 people died while some 250 homes were destroyed due to a landslide on the slopes of Nyiragongo volcano in DRC, a spokesperson of the United Nations told BBC.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is helping to integrate Pygmies in farming communities where they now reside. The U.N. agency has been lobbying with the government to enable Pygmies to secure access to land.