'We're Looking At Africa in 2050', Says Top Official
[Deutsche Welle] We need to create jobs, help facilitate trade and address the challenges of the Africa of the future, says Donald Yamamoto, who is in charge of African affairs at the US State Department.
No Paradise for Citizens Being Cheated of Profits
[ISS] The latest revelations around tax evasion, dubbed the 'Paradise Papers', are certainly embarrassing for powerful individuals like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Both are accused of links with funds stashed offshore.
UN Urges Authorities to Allow Peaceful Expression of Dissent At Protests
[UN News] The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to lawfully handle demonstrations organized by those protesting the updated electoral calendar for general elections.
Resolving the Political Crisis in DR Congo
[HRW] Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the invitation to testify. I appreciate your ongoing and bipartisan interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is at a critical juncture. The absence of senior-level attention from the executive branch has also been concerning, making this hearing particularly timely.
Over 800 Dead in DRC Cholera Outbreak
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -MORE than 800 people have been killed as a result of a cholera epidemic linked to escalating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The deaths of the 882 victims have been recorded from over 44 000 outbreaks since the beginning of the year. Authorities said while the cholera epidemic has been on a downward trend, however, a relatively large increase in the number of cases has been observed in the Kasai and Lomani provinces. The provinces of are the last to be affected by the epidemic and had n
Army, Rebels Clash Uproot More
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ESCALATING conflict between armed groups and the army has displaced thousands in the explosive Democratic Republic of Congo in recent days. According to humanitarian groups, the displacements have been most rife in the Katanga, Mainama and South Kivu Provinces. During the past week, about 5 800 people from the Mukera area have reportedly moved to Fizi, Kananda, Simbi, Baraka refugee centres in Katanga. The clashes have displaced more than 3 000 civilians in the area of Lulenge in Mainama. Despite this vola
UN Peacekeeper in Honoured for Combatting Sexual Violence On the Frontlines
[UN News] United Nations peacekeeper Major Seitebatso Pearl Block was commended on Wednesday for developing a Mission-wide, short message service (SMS) campaign to combat gender-based abuse by connecting with women in remote parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
'The Congo Tribunal' - Art Taking Over Where Justice Fails
[Deutsche Welle] Swiss director Milo Rau's portrayal of the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been described as "the most ambitious political theater ever made." The project is now being released as a film.
Refugees Flock Conflict-Torn Congo
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -MORE than 65 000 new asylum seekers have fled the volatile Central African Republic and South Sudan to the equally troubled Democratic Republic of Congo. Violence, tensions and fear about imminent attacks in border areas have triggered the influx. Local authorities have reported tens of thousands more arrivals from CAR in areas of difficult access. The country is in immense crisis as clashes between Christian radicals and Muslim militants continue. Some 64 000 civilians have been registered in DRC in recen
Armed Rebel Groups Bring Education to Halt
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -ARMED groups are controlling around 80 percent of the Central African Republic, rendering the country unconducive for schooling. Unsafe or damaged schools, absent teachers and dangerous journeys to class are among the destructive ways that conflict is impacting the learning prospects of youngsters in the troubled country. The findings by the United Nations Children's Fund come ahead of the African Union - European Union Summit scheduled for the Ivory Coast at the end of the month. "What this survey shows i
Woman Peacekeeper Wins the United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award
[Monusco] A UN peacekeeper from South Africa was today awarded the United Nations' Military Gender Advocate of the Year in Vancouver, Canada.
33 Dead in Train Crash
[allAfrica] Thirty-three people died on Sunday in a train accident of the National Railway Company of Congo in Buyofwe, a railway station located about 30 kilometers from Lubudi in Lualaba province, according to Radio Okapi.
Act Now to End Pneumonia
[allAfrica] The numbers of children who die of pneumonia each year is staggering. In 2015, a child under five died every two minutes -- 920,000 in all -- and pneumonia is the leading cause of child deaths around the world.
SA, DRC Work to Remove Trade Barriers
[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have committed to remove hurdles that hinder the two countries in doing business.
Militiamen Accused of Mass Rape of Young Girls
[Deutsche Welle] Some of the girls were infants, as young as eight months, and none of the victims was older than 12. The fight for mineral resources has led some to dub the DR Congo "the rape capital of the world."
Congolese Picket U.S. Consulate in Cape Town
[GroundUp] About 15 members of the Congolese Diaspora of the Western Cape picketed outside the United State Consulate General in Cape Town. The picket was held in front of the Consulate gate on Reddam Avenue, Steenberg. Many members of the group live in Bellville in the northern suburbs and it was too difficult for them to get to the protest. Some of the demonstrators wrapped Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) flags around them. Police were present.
The Superwoman of Masisi
[Concern USA] Among the thousands of people that live in Katale, a town located in Masisi territory in the DRC's North Kivu Province, there is one superwoman. More than 8,000 people have settled in this area, displaced mainly from the 11 villages in the nearby Kisuma area. Katale was once a modest sized town of about 4,000 people -- but as violence has swept over this region, those numbers have swelled. And it is here, in a small school room that our superwoman -- real name Nyirakamana Bakenga Jeanne &md
Outcry Over Election to UN Rights Council
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -HUMAN rights advocates are outraged at the election of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The crisis-torn country has been elected along with 15 other countries. Ironically, it is infamous for human rights violations and is gripped by conflict after President Joseph Kabila maintained his stranglehold on power at the expiry of his term late last year. Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the UN, rebuked the election of DRC amid its controversial histor
Security Council Underscores Need to Bring Killers of UN Experts to Justice
[UN News] Reiterating the need to bring to justice the killers of two United Nations expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council urged the country's authorities to continue to cooperate with investigations into the incident.
Young Pygmy Reporters Take to the Airwaves to Fight Exclusion
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mbandaka -Radio Mwana aims to empower the province's indigenous people by training pygmy teenagers as youth reporters