Sunday 20 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/19/17)
West and Central Africa is the most volatile region in the world for aid workers, accounting for more than half of attacks on humanitarians worldwide this year, aid agencies said on Friday. Worsening militant violence across the region has seen aid workers attacked on nearly 200 occasions in Central African Republic, more than 115 in Mali and about 75 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. agencies and humanitarian groups said. "The deteriorating trend in these countries ... is extremely worrying," said Noel Tsekouras, regional representative for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "Our staff and volunteers too often risk their own lives when coming to the relief of civilians trapped...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official said Thursday. Part of a mountain engulfed "a fisherman's camp after heavy rains caused a landslide" the deputy governor of Ituri province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. He said 40 people were killed in the disaster in the village of Tora on the banks of Lake Albert on Wednesday. It follows devastating floods in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown on Monday that killed some 300 people. "Yesterday (Wednesday), we buried 28 bodies and today we will bury 12 more," said Keta. A doctor at the nearby Tshomia hospital, Herve Isamba, said they were...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Two UN investigators killed in March likely died at the hands of Congolese militia members, a UN inquiry found, adding that further investigation will be required to "fully ascertain the identity" of those involved. Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish-Chilean dual national, were found murdered in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo while on a UN mission investigating violence and mass graves in the country's restive Kasai province. "A group of Congolese, likely militia members from...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
A United Nations inquiry found that two U.N. investigators were murdered by a group of Congolese, likely militia members from central Democratic Republic of Congo, but an absence of evidence "does not preclude the possibility that others are involved." Michael Sharp, an American who was coordinator of an independent sanctions monitoring group, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed in central Congo on March 12 while carrying out investigations for a report to the U.N. Security Council. The bodies of...
(APA 08/16/17)
APA-Kinshasa (D.R Congo) - The killing of UN experts Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp was premeditated, according to the latest report by a panel of experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo which will be presented to the Security Council on Tuesday. The two UN experts were killed in Central Kasai in March this year while investigating human rights violations in the province after the eruption of violence in August 2016. In its report, the UN experts concluded that no...
(The Guardian 08/16/17)
Three rangers have been killed and another is missing after an attack by violent militia in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bringing the number of fatalities in the park this year to eight. The park rangers, Charles Paluku Syaira, Jonas Paluku Malyani and Pacifique Musubao Fikirini were murdered on the morning of Monday 14 August during a routine patrol around the park, which is home to critically endangered mountain gorilla. Park authorities said the attack...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Nearly eight million people face acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of conflict, especially in the central Kasai region, UN food agencies said Monday. “Food security and nutrition... are deteriorating in many parts of DRC, but nowhere is the situation more alarming than in Kasai," said Claude Jibidar, director of the World Food Programme's operations in the country. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said about 7.7 million people were on the verge of starvation...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
Hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo has soared in the last year, leaving 7.7 million people in urgent need of food aid and pushing the country closer to famine than it has been in a decade, food security experts said on Monday. Much of the rise in hunger - 1.8 million new people were added to the list - stems from escalating violence in the Kasai and Tanganyika regions, which in Kasai alone has forced 1.4 million people to...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Radio France Internationale (RFI) has resumed services in Democratic Republic of Congo after a 10-month shutdown over what the government said was the station's sympathy for opposition rallies, RFI and the Congolese government said on Friday. RFI, funded by the French government, was jammed on Nov. 5, hours before a banned opposition rally protesting against President Joseph Kabila's plan to stay in power beyond the end of his mandate in December. RFI denounced the move as an infringement of press freedom. "I can confirm that the RFI signal was restored in Kinshasa on Thursday night. We have reached an agreement with the French authorities," said Congolese government...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Congolese security forces killed at least 14 members of separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) on Monday during clashes in the capital Kinshasa and southwestern city of Matadi. At least one police officer also died, police said. The clashes followed an attack by BDK members on Kinshasa's main prison and demonstrations by other members against Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa, Matadi and the southwestern city of Boma, witnesses and security sources said. A series of large-scale...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Children in conflict-ravaged central Democratic Republic of Congo are suffering "terrible acts of abuse," having been forced into armed groups, drugged and dragged into violence, the United Nations said Monday, warning that their plight was rapidly worsening. Fighting between the army and a local militia in the Kasai region has uprooted more than 1.4 million people over the past year, including 850,000 children who are bearing the brunt of the violence, according to the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF). Children are...
(AFP (eng) 08/07/17)
Twelve people were killed Monday by stray gunfire in a wave of violence in Kinshasa, a spokesman for the national police said, accusing a political-religious sect opposed to President Joseph Kabila. The toll was a provisional estimate, Pierrot Rombaut Mwanamputu said in an emergency broadcast that broke into programming on public television. "Sadly, we must at this stage give a provisional toll of loss of human life, of 12 people hit by stray bullets," Mwanamputu said as violence struck two...
(The Associated Press 08/04/17)
U.N. human rights investigators have issued a new report documenting the killings of more than 250 people, including 62 children, in violence in central Congo over three recent months that could devolve into “wider ethnic cleansing.” The investigators based the report on interviews in June of 96 people who fled Congo’s Kasai provinces into neighboring Angola. It decried alleged violence involving a new militia, Bana Mura, backed by Congolese security officials. U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein urged Congo’s...
(AL Jazeera 08/02/17)
Police in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arrested more than 100 people as they cracked down on protesters demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave power by the end of the year, according to two rights groups. A series of marches across the country called on Monday by pro-democracy group Lucha, and backed by several leading opposition politicians, were mostly snuffed out by heavy police deployments. Congolese authorities have banned opposition demonstrations since last September because of security fears. Kabila's refusal...
(Voice of America 08/02/17)
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has called an emergency meeting this Wednesday in South Africa of all countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Aid workers are concerned what this could mean for food security in the region, where a fall armyworm invasion and drought have decimated crops in recent years. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says besides Zimbabwe, the other countries in the region hit by...
(Voice of America 08/01/17)
Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have arrested more than 100 protesters in cities across the country who were calling for presidential elections to be held by the end of the year. Demonstrations took place Monday in the capital, Kinshasa, the eastern city of Goma, and at least a half dozen other cities. In Goma, witnesses said police used tear gas to disperse protesters, while in Kinshasa, media groups said several journalists covering the protests were briefly detained...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/17)
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new technique using artificial intelligence to predict where deforestation is most likely to occur could help the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) preserve its shrinking rainforest and cut carbon emissions, researchers have said. Congo's rainforest, the world's second-largest after the Amazon, is under pressure from farms, mines, logging and infrastructure development, scientists say. Protecting forests is widely seen as one of the cheapest and most effective ways to reduce the emissions driving global warming.
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
At least one person was killed and four wounded Friday during a prison break in Bukavu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the city's mayor said. It was just the latest in a series of violent incidents at prisons in the troubled country. Philemon Yogolelo told reporters that so far there had been one confirmed death, four seriously wounded and that about 20 prisoners had escaped. He was speaking after visiting the prison an hour after the incident. Two Burundian...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and an estimated 20 inmates escaped in a prison break in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Bukavu on Friday, the mayor said. The break is at least the sixth in Congo since May and underscores how insecurity has grown since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down at the end of his mandate last December. The inmates escaped after an unidentified person threw a grenade inside the prison, Mayor...

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