Monday 25 September 2017
(Reuters 09/23/17)
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Les forces gouvernementales de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) mènent des exactions meurtrières contre les civils dans la région du Kasaï, provoquant un afflux de réfugiés en Zambie, indique une représentante de l'Onu sur place. Plus de 6.000 personnes ont quitté le Kasaï situé dans l'est de la RDC pour rejoindre la Zambie au cours du mois écoulé, fuyant d'une insurrection menée par la milice Kamuina Nsapu, a précisé Pierrine Aylara, représentante du Haut commissariat de l'Onu aux réfugiés (HCR) en Zambie. "C'est le gouvernement de la RDC qui persécuterait son propre peuple par des meurtres, des abus et des incendies de maisons ainsi que par des viols et des pillages...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/23/17)
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting the latest influx of refugees into northern Zambia, a senior U.N. official said, citing accounts of asylum seekers. Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in the DRC entered its territory in one month. [L5N1M32S5] Pierrine Aylara, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chief representative in Zambia, told Reuters that the latest asylum seekers had said they were fleeing Congolese government forces.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered its territory in one month, the presidency said on Friday. Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million forced to flee their homes in the DRC’s eastern Kasai region since the start of an insurrection nearly a year ago by the Kamuina Nsapu militia, which is demanding the withdrawal of military forces from the area. Zambia currently hosts some 59,195 refugees and other aslylum seekers, mostly from Angola, the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
The United States and European Union on Wednesday urged Congolese security forces to refrain from using "excessive force" after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees last week, killing over 30. "The US government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We urge the security forces of the DRC to refrain from using...
(Voice of America 09/21/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump has told African leaders he will send his U.N. envoy Nikki Haley to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We're closely monitoring and deeply disturbed by the ongoing violence in South Sudan and in the Congo," Trump said in a lunch meeting Wednesday with African leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. "Millions of lives are at risk and we continue to provide humanitarian assistance, but real results in halting this catastrophe...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Captured by militia and accused of being married to a Congolese government official, Kimpanga Caro could smell the fire she was told would be used to burn her decapitated head to ash. Caro, whose husband is a pastor not an official, was freed when one of the militiamen recognized her. She raced back home to find her husband in their ransacked village. They fled south, on foot with their five children, towards a country they heard was safe: Angola. Thirty...
(The Associated Press 09/21/17)
The Congolese orphan girl haunts the U.N.’s top human rights official, even though more than a decade has passed since he heard her story. It was a big day in this town in northeastern Congo: A top U.N. delegation was paying a high-profile visit. But it was also the day, the girl said, that a Pakistani peacekeeper raped her in front of her younger siblings. “What on earth would it take for this soldier not to do it — to...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday called for international support to contain the high number of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals seeking for asylum. Zambia has seen an influx of DRC nationals in recent weeks fleeing from unrest in some parts of that country. Lungu said he was concerned over the high number of the asylum seekers entering the country and needed assistance to take care of them. The Zambian leader expressed concern during a high-level side meeting on...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(AFP (eng) 09/20/17)
President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday accused international and religious groups of "knowingly spreading misinformation" about a conflict that has killed thousands, including two UN experts, over the last year in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The violence in Kasai erupted last September when a tribal chieftain known as the Kamwina Nsapu, who rebelled against Kabila's regime, was killed. More than 3,000 people have died and 1.4 million displaced since, the Catholic Church estimates. In one of his rare public speeches, Kabila visiting Kasai denounced the "duplicity and hypocrisy of certain compatriots...
(AFP (eng) 09/20/17)
At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Wednesday. "The provisional toll after torrential rain hit the villages of Bihambwe and Matanda in Masisi Territory is 12 dead, 18 injured and 92 missing," said Julien Paluku, governor of Nord Kivu province, where the villages are located. The rain started on Tuesday, causing a river to flood, local residents told AFP. "The rain...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect civilians affected by violence in the country’s east, and urged its security forces to refrain from excessive force. Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. government was “dismayed” by the deaths of 30 refugees from Burundi and a Congolese soldier in the city of Kamanyola last week, adding: “The cause of the violence must be determined and perpetrators must be held...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Munyakazi was 14 when she was drugged and raped by an older man in Quartier Birere, a poor, overcrowded neighborhood of Goma in eastern Congo. Her neighbor had asked her to fetch water, she obliged and he thanked her with a bottle of soda. It had been spiked, she believes, and the man raped her. A few months later Munyakazi discovered she was pregnant. She was already at secondary school, but had to drop out of classes as motherhood demanded...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
At least 10 people have died and another 92 are missing in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to flooding after torrential rains caused a river to overflow its banks, a local official said on Wednesday. The administrator of Masisi territory in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province, Dieudonne Tshishiku, said emergency teams had been dispatched to the town of Bihambwe to search for the missing.
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
The bodies of 17 civilians apparently fleeing violence in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo were found in Lake Edward, a local official said Tuesday. The civilians "drowned trying to flee clashes between the Mai-Mai and soldiers from the Congolese armed forces," Joy Bokele, an official in the Lubero region, said. The Mai-Mai are a self-described "self-defence" militia group. They have been engaged since Sunday in "violent clashes" against Congolese soldiers in the lakeside village...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
The two main opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for a political transition without President Joseph Kabila to prepare for long-delayed elections. Felix Tshisekedi and Moise Katumbi, allied in an opposition coalition called Rally, issued their call on the eve of a crisis meeting at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday to discuss the political stalemate caused by Kabila's refusal to stand down after his second mandate ended in December last year. Tshisekedi, the...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
After more than a year of bloodshed, faint hopes of peace are starting to stir in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the vast region of Kasai, the authorities are now starting to register voters -- an outwardly banal operation that is nonetheless key to securing the country's stability. "It's telling proof that peace has returned to the greater Kasai area," Bernard Kambala Kamilolo, the acting governor of Kasai Central province, said as the registration process got...
(The Associated Press 09/18/17)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Congo's Kasai region is the latest deadly hotspot in the vast Central African country that has had violent rebellions for decades. Once again, children are among the most vulnerable victims. Well over 1 million people have fled the fighting that began a year ago when Congo's military killed the regional tribal leader of the Kamwina Nsapu militia. More than 3,300 people in the region have died, according to estimates by the Catholic church. The United Nations...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
Congolese army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres that killed hundreds of people between 2014-2016 as they vied for influence with anti-government insurgents in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a new report said on Monday. The report by the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University is the most comprehensive to date on the killings of more than 800 people and the first to offer a definite theory of the perpetrators’ motives. It is based on 249 interviews with...

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