| Africatime
Saturday 25 October 2014
(African Brains 10/25/14)
Pretoria – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the urgent need to accelerate focused investment in research in Africa. This as the world is grappling with containing the virus that is devastating West Africa, with a death toll standing at over 4 000 currently. Most of the victims are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Speaking at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) celebration of 60 years of peace and development in New York on Monday, Minister Pandor said science has been a significant contributor to social development in many parts of the world, citing breakthroughs to eradicate diseases such as polio and smallpox as...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo could be declared Ebola-free in late November, as its two-month outbreak apparently fizzles out, the World Health Organization said Friday. The DRC outbreak, which involves a separate strain of Ebola from the one raging in west Africa, began in August. There have been 66 cases and 49 deaths -- including eight fatalities among healthcare workers -- and the authorities have been working hand in hand with WHO to monitor anyone who had contact with a sufferer. "All the contacts have been traced and monitored, and the last one has now tested negative for Ebola twice,...
(The New York Times 10/24/14)
The European Parliament has awarded its highest human rights accolade, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, to Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecological surgeon who has treated thousands of women and risked his life in a campaign to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war. The $65,000 award was established in 1988 in honor of the Soviet dissident Andrei D. Sakharov. Previous winners include Nelson Mandela; Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general; and...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/14)
Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. Crowds gathered at the U.N. base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a protest over the U.N. mission's failure to stem violence blamed on Ugandan rebels that has killed dozens of civilians in recent weeks. A Reuters witness said peacekeepers and Congolese troops fired into the air to disperse crowds at Beni airport, where the U.N. force has a base.
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country. It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison. Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has...
(BBC News Africa 10/22/14)
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won Europe's top human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country. Denis Mukwege was announced the winner of the Sakharov prize by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The 59-year-old gynaecologist told the BBC the prize would make rape survivors in DR Congo "feel they are not alone". He set up the Panzi hospital in eastern DR Congo in 1999 to treat women subjected to horrific sexual...
(Voice of America 10/22/14)
A Congolese gynecologist who has spent more than 15 years helping women heal from the horrors of rape is the winner of this year's Sakharov human rights prize. The European Parliament unanimously chose Dr. Denis Mukwege for what it calls his fight for the protection of women. The 59-year-old Mukwege founded his Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1998 to treat victims of war-inspired mass rape and sexual violence. He survived an assassination attempt and defied death threats for speaking out against rape as a weapon of war.
(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who won the Sakharov human rights prize Tuesday, has been dubbed "Doctor Miracle" for helping tens of thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mass rape has been used as a weapon of war during the decades of violence that has devastated the mineral-rich east of the country. The 59-year-old gynaecologist founded the General Referral Hospital of Panzi near Bukavu in South Kivu province, scene of some of the worst violence, to...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
A surveillance drone from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo crashed in the east of the country Monday without causing any injuries, the UN said. The unmanned aircraft went down "shortly after taking off from the airport in Goma," Charles-Antoine Bambara, a spokesman for the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO), told AFP. The drone landed in an uninhabited area some three kilometres (almost two miles) north of Goma, the capital of DR Congo's strife-torn...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home. Having endured six previous outbreaks of the deadly virus in 40 years, Congolese officials say they are eager to share their expertise with countries suffering from the worst epidemic in history, which has already killed more than 4,500 people. Congo's Health Minister Felix Kabange said he hoped...
(AFP (eng) 10/20/14)
Between heeding a message from officials to remain calm and another to flee looming attacks by Ugandan rebels, the choice for many residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo town of Beni is clear. "I left my home because there are leaflets saying that (the Ugandan rebels) are coming to kill people," said Solange Sekera, 27, who was leaving town with her three children. Sekera had not actually seen the leaflets herself but she was not taking any chances. Terrified...
(Voice of America 10/20/14)
Democratic Republic of the Congo officials said suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 21 people in DRC's North Kivu province. The French news agency, AFP, reported Saturday most of the victims of the overnight attack were women and children who were hacked and clubbed to death. The assault happened 45 kilometers from the village of Beni where 26 people were killed earlier in the week. Authorities suspect the Ugandan rebels are also responsible for the earlier attack. Officials said...
(Angola Press(En) 10/20/14)
The director for Africa and Middle East of the Foreign Ministry (Mirex), Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo, said on Sunday in Luanda that there has been no progress in the disarmament of the FDLR forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) process. The diplomat made these remarks to reporters when assessing the preparatory work of the Third Joint Meeting of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of SADC/ICGLR, at the Angolan capital. "We found that insecurity in the...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
Twenty-two people, most of them women and children, have been hacked and clubbed to death in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after a similar massacre, a government official said on Saturday. The attack on Friday evening in the town of Eringeti, in North Kivu, left 10 women, eight children and four men dead, a local government official told AFP. "Most of the victims were killed with machetes, axes and hoes," the non-governmental group Civil...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo declared a United Nations human-rights official unwelcome in the country after a UN report claimed the nation’s police force executed at least nine people in the capital, Kinshasa. Interior Minister Richard Muyej told reporters in the city yesterday that Scott Campbell, director of the UN Joint Human Rights Office in Congo, must leave the country immediately. The report on the executions, which took place from November 2013 to February 2014, was conducted in a “partisan...
(Voice of America 10/17/14)
The mayor of a large city in the eastern half of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said rebels killed dozens of people in nighttime raids on his city Wednesday. Nyonyi Bwana Kawa, mayor of the eastern city of Beni, said members of the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda crept into homes and killed at least 26 people. A spokesman for the DRC army in the North Kivu province, Lieutenant Colonel Olivier Hamuli,...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Rebels killed 26 people with machetes in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the authorities in Kinshasa demanded the recall Thursday of the top UN human rights official in the country. The massacre in the town of Beni calls into question claims by the authorities that Ugandan rebels of the ADF-NALU, who have been terrorising the east of Congo for the last two decades, were all but defeated. It comes as the Congolese government...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
The United Nations on Wednesday said police in the Democratic Republic of Congo had killed and abducted dozens of people during a heavy-handed crack down on youth gangs in the capital. Operation Likofi (which means "punch" in the local Lingala language) claimed at least 42 victims, including four children, many of whom were shot in their own neighbourhoods or even walking out of their homes, the UN's human rights office in Kinshasa said. The report said at least nine people...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year came from a different source than the epidemic raging across West Africa, scientists said Wednesday. Even though the two deadly Ebola outbreaks have separate animal origins, the report in the New England Journal of Medicine nevertheless raises concern about the emergence of the often fatal hemorrhagic fever across the African continent. Ebola was first identified in 1976, and had returned in waves. The latest outbreak...
(News of Rwanda 10/13/14)
A group of eight Rwandans have returned from DR Congo after spending at least a month under captivity in the Congolese prison in the Northern Kivu Region. The Rwandans are suspected to have returned after spending days starving in the T2 prison cells in Northern Kivu The team, which returned on October 9, 2014, says that they crossed the Rwanda-Congo border with full travel documents to do business on the Congolese side, but were unlawfully arrested in the process, but...

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