| Africatime
Saturday 19 April 2014
(PANA 04/19/14)
New York, US - Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them. A UNESCO statement on Thursday said that Ms. Bokova was 'distressed and angered' over the attack on Emmanuel de Merode, who was reportedly wounded when his vehicle came under fire as he was travelling from the eastern city of Goma to the town of Rumangabo. 'It is unacceptable,' she said, noting that professionals, such as those of the...
(AFP (eng) 04/19/14)
Kinshasa (AFP) - The Belgian director of a famed national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was shot this week by unknown attackers was evacuated to Nairobi on Friday, a local official said. Emmanuel de Merode, head of the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo's war-scarred North Kivu province, was shot in the abdomen and chest on Tuesday as he travelled alone by jeep from the regional capital Goma to a nearby conservation centre. His condition was thought to be stable as he was flown out of Goma on Friday for the Kenyan capital. "I believe he...
(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram...
(African arguments 04/18/14)
Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the continent. The development of African states is often said to be hindered by a 'resource curse' and, not surprisingly, most contemporary instances of armed contest over state power, authority, and...
(IRIN 04/18/14)
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight poverty-reduction targets that were signed during a world summit in 2000, will be retired next year. Diplomats, aid experts and UN officials are currently negotiating the 15-year objectives that will replace them in...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained...
(Voice of America 04/17/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister has expressed concern that the conflict in neighboring Central African Republic (C.A.R) could threaten security of the entire region. According to government officials thousands of C.A.R refugees fleeing the conflict in their country have crossed the border into the DRC. Lambert Mende says the government in Kinshasa is working with member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to help the C.A.R stabilize the security situation there. “We are more concerned...
(PANA 04/17/14)
Brussels, Belgium - A Belgian woman has been jailed for six months in the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa, for attempting to illegally send a Congolese girl to Belgium. PANA reported from Brussels on Wednesday that the case had made the headlines in Belgium while immigration officers at the airport in Kinshasa had been arrested. Belgium Minister for Child Aid, Mrs Evelyne Huytebroek, has also asked the Congolese government to check the legality of the adoption of the young Congolese girl...
(UN.org 04/17/14)
"Your deeds will have an impact... be the new leaders of change," United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas urged today during an event launching the book, Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! Written for high school and early-college students, Action for Disarmament offers practical steps to help young people mobilize, act and promote the UN's disarmament ideals throughout their schools, communities and beyond. "This book is a call to action, to create a world where people of...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average...
(The Associated Press 04/16/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said. Three gunmen ambushed Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga National Park, on Tuesday, according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo at the time. Natasegara said Wednesday that...
(The Associated Press 04/16/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded. A statement on the website of Virunga National Park said chief warden Emmanuel de Merode was shot Tuesday while traveling between Goma and Rumangabo. The statement gave no other details. The website said he was in serious condition but the park's Twitter site said he was in critical condition. A spokesman was not...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/16/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission in Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking to locate a group of militia fighters who surrendered to the Congolese army, after their leader was killed in custody. Militia leader Paul Sadala, also known as "Morgan", died on Monday in disputed circumstances two days after surrendering with around 40 of his followers whom the U.N. mission now wants to locate. A spokesman for Congo's U.N. mission (MONUSCO) said a team would travel to Morgan's stronghold...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/16/14)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The director of Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga Park - Africa's oldest national park - survived an attack by unidentified gunmen while driving through the country's volatile eastern borderlands on Tuesday, a colleague said. Emmanuel de Merode, one of Africa's leading conservationists, was shot four times on the road linking the park's headquarters in Rumangabo to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. "He was attacked around 4:30 pm (11.30 a.m. ET) and...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Regional integration is one of the main driving forces for industrialization in Africa, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, said on Monday in Cotonou in a PANA interview. Regional integration has the potential to encourage trade and the movement of capital, which can favour the formation of regional blocs for growth and value added channels, particularly in the sector of strategic products, such as pharmaceutical products, he said. He said by harmonizing national...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, said advancing conflict prevention was critical to Africa’s efforts to stay peaceful. Dlamini-Zuma met the African Ombudsmen and Mediators Association (AOMA) to strategise on how to create a new nerve-centre for Africa’s peace mediation efforts, where she emphasized the role preventive diplomacy. Both sides resolved to...
(Xinhuanet 04/15/14)
KINSHASA, April (Xinhua) -- The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said Monday it will provide support in monitoring the Nyamulagira volcano whose activities are becoming intense. "MONUSCO has offered its assistance to the authorities of North Kivu and is committed to working closely with officials to this new challenge. Such assistance will granted in a timely manner as soon as the need arises," said Martin Kobler, head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A militia leader accused of kidnap, rape and cannibalism in Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday alongside four other people during a firefight as he sought to escape his army captors, the government said. Paul Sadala, a poacher-turned-militia leader known as "Morgan" who operated in Congo's Orientale province, surrendered on Saturday with around 40 of his followers. He was being brought by the army to the town of Bunia when he attacked the soldiers escorting...
(Xinhuanet 04/14/14)
KINSHASA, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Nyamulagira volcano in North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has began emitting fumes and ashes, the local press said on Sunday, citing the director of Goma Volcanic Observatory Kaco Karume. "Given the intense fumes from Nyamulagira volcanic crater, it will soon erupt," Karume said after inspecting the volcanic site. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku who also inspected Nyamulagira volcano and its environs, said Goma town will be...
(AFP (eng) 04/12/14)
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - A volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen some "strong activity" and could erupt in the next few days, the Volcanic Observatory in Goma said on Friday. Experts said seismic activity at Mount Nyamulagira, in the east of the country, does not currently pose any risk to the local population, although Goma, a city of over a million people devastated by an eruption in 2002, sits just 20 kilometres (12 miles) away. Scientists...

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