Saturday 21 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/29/18)
A DR Congo press freedom body on Wednesday called for the "immediate release" of a journalist detained on defamation allegations. Serge Olivier Nkongolo is a journalist for Kilimanjaro Radio which broadcasts to Tshikapa, the capital of the central Kasai region. Journalist in Danger (JED) "demands the immediate release" of the journalist, it said in a statement, adding that he was being held for defamation in a "dungeon in the public prosecutor's office near the Tshikapa High Court". It said Nkongolo was summoned by the prosecutor earlier Wednesday and questioned about an article he posed on Facebook "denouncing the behaviour, without naming names, of certain officials of the governorate of the province who have become known,...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/18)
Ten civilians and a Ugandan militant died when Congolese troops clashed with rebels in the flashpoint town of Beni in Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled east, an army spokesman said Wednesday. The incident took place on Tuesday evening when rebels attacked military positions around Beni in North Kivu, Captain Mak Hazukay told AFP. "We listed 10 dead civilians so far," he said. A rebel from Uganda's Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia was also killed, he said, adding that fighting was ongoing. Michel Kakule, the lead physician at Beni hospital, told AFP some of the victims "had gunshot wounds while others had been attacked with machetes." The violence sparked an angry backlash among locals "who blocked off several main roads in...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/18)
Sexual and ethnic violence are alarmingly on the rise in Democratic Republic of Congo's lawless east, spawning a humanitarian catastrophe with millions forced to flee their homes. At least 13.1 million Congolese need humanitarian aid, including 7.7 million who are severely food insecure, the UN Security Council said last week in a unanimous statement which the Kinshasa government dismisses as a gross exaggeration. As the spat continues with the DR Congo shunning a massive donor conference in Geneva next month aimed at raising $1.7 billion (1.37 billion euros) to tackle the crisis, rapes are increasing in the volatile region. "In 2015, we noticed a noticeable decrease in sexual violence,"...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/18)
The head of a local militia group and a policeman have been arrested over the shock killing of two UN experts in DR Congo a year ago, officials said on Monday. The two were arrested by troops on Saturday in the village of Bukundo, where the pair were found murdered, the deputy governor of Central Kasai province, Manix Kabuanga, told AFP. The militia chief was named as Vincent Manga, while the policeman was not identified. The two "are currently in the hands of the military judiciary," a source at the military prosecutor's office in Kananga, the provincial capital, said.
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
A war of words has broken out between the United Nations and the DR Congo government which is shunning a donor conference in Geneva to raise $1.7 billion to tackle a humanitarian crisis that Kinshasa says has been vastly exaggerated by aid workers. Prime Minister Jose Makila on Friday said the UN had overreacted and that aid bodies and NGOs in the country were propagating a "bad image of the Democratic Republic of Congo throughout the world". "The Democratic Republic...
(AFP (eng) 03/23/18)
UN peacekeepers have found eight decomposing bodies in a village in the volatile Ituri province of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the agency told AFP on Friday. A local official said the eight had been killed during a March 12-13 attack on Djugu area in which at least 30 people were killed by assailants using guns, machetes and arrows. "MONUSCU peacekeepers found eight lifeless, decomposing bodies in a village in the Djugu area yesterday," said Guy Karema, a spokesman for...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/18)
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have exposed more than 200 unqualified magistrates, an official source said Tuesday. A commission of enquiry formed in October to probe the qualifications and recruitment conditions of more than 3,000 magistrates found that hundreds "should not be there," Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told reporters. "The commission has been able to establish that many individuals entered or are in the judiciary who shouldn't be," he said. "More than 200 individuals" will need to be "rooted out of the judiciary to ensure only real magistrates remain." Several of the most flagrant cases have resulted in arrests since the commission began its operations. The minister said others had simply vanished.
(AFP (eng) 03/14/18)
The EU warned African and other countries on Wednesday that their citizens will find it harder to get visas to Europe if they refuse to readmit economic migrants under the bloc's efforts to curb migration. Brussels has been seeking greater cooperation from such countries to take back irregular migrants since Europe was hit in 2015 with its worst migration crisis since World War II. "I cannot understand how a country can refuse to take back its nationals" when they have...
(AFP (eng) 03/13/18)
Dozens of people were killed overnight in several villages in DR Congo's northeast province of Ituri, raising the toll of an ethnic conflict that has already caused tens of thousands to flee, officials said Tuesday. "We have recorded 30 deaths. There are certainly other bodies out in the bush. A search is underway," a government official said. Other sources gave a higher toll. "In the village of Djo, (the attackers) killed 10 people, in Gbi, there were 10 dead, and...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/18)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - At least 40 people have been killed in the last 48 hours in ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo between Hema cattle herders and Lendu farmers, a local official said on Tuesday. Fighting between the two groups instigated by Lendu-dominated militia has killed dozens since December. Tensions between Hema and Lendu had mostly laid dormant since a 1999-2007 conflict in which tens of thousands of people died. Local officials and activists...
(AFP (eng) 03/09/18)
Seven people fleeing violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo drowned when their boat capsized during a bid to reach Uganda across Lake Albert, Congolese sources said on Friday. "Their canoe was overladen and became unstable," Deogratias Abaingi Rusoke, head of the district of Kasenyi, told AFP, adding that only one body had so far been recovered. Tens of thousands of people have made the perilous crossing of the Great Lake to flee violence in Ituri province between the Hema...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/18)
Eighteen employees of a gorilla sanctuary in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been abducted by a militia group, sources said on Wednesday. An official with an NGO said the abduction took place on Monday in the area of Nzovu, which lies in the huge Kahuzi-Biega National Park, and an armed group called the Mai-Mai Raia Mutomboki was responsible. The victims comprise nine administrative employees, who were carrying out an inventory, and nine guards, the source said. "(Eighteen) workers in...
(AFP 03/06/18)
The assailants were methodical. They came in waves. First came the ones who killed. Then came the ones who torched homes. And finally, the ones who looted anything of value. Ahead of them, terrorised villagers fled for their lives -- the latest victims of the ethnic conflict that bedevils Ituri, the troubled northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The bloodshed is part of a cycle of violence between the Hema and Lendu communities, cattle herders and farmers who...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/18)
At least 49 people were killed in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence overnight in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Ituri province, a senior charity official said on Friday. The latests killings were part of a cycle of unrest between the Hema and Lendu communities in the northeastern province, the government told AFP. "We have counted 49 bodies and are still searching for other bodies," said Alfred Ndrabu Buju from international Catholic charity Caritas. "A child was admitted this...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/18)
A daily flotilla of wooden canoes makes the 10-hour eastward crossing of Lake Albert ferrying hundreds of refugees from DR Congo's latest spasm of violence to the safety of Uganda. The repurposed fishing vessels come to Sebagoro beach crammed with the bedraggled and dispossessed survivors of an outbreak of fighting between rival Hema and Lendu communities in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In recent weeks more than 28,000 have made the passage, according to United Nations figures,...
(AFP (eng) 03/01/18)
Donor countries will meet in April for a conference aimed at raising nearly $1.7 billion for humanitarian work in Democratic Republic of Congo, UN aid officials said Thursday. The estimate of funding needs has doubled since last year, reflecting the mounting problems in the vast central African nation. "We are going to organise an international conference in Geneva on April 13 with the goal of mobilising attention and funding for DR Congo, for the year of 2018 but also for...
(AFP (eng) 02/28/18)
Twenty-three people have been killed in renewed clashes between ethnic groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled east, according to an official toll Wednesday. The violence, in Rutshuru territory in the conflict-scarred province of North Kivu, has pitted the Hutu community on one side against the Nande and Hundu groups on the other. "We have recorded the death of 16 civilians and seven militiamen since Sunday," Francois Bakundakabo, an aide to the provincial governor, told AFP. Fighting occurred in the villages of Bwalanda, Mutanda and Kikuku, where the groups have regularly clashed over control of land. Several dozen people were killed in 2017. The Nande and Hunde consider Congolese Hutu to be foreigners...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/18)
The death toll when Rwandan police broke up a crowd demonstrating against a cut in food rations reached 11, the United Nations refugee agency said Monday. Police had reported five Congolese refugees were killed and more than 20 injured in the incident last Thursday. It followed days of sit-in protests against the reduction in food aid at Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda. The UNHCR released a statement saying 11 died at two locations. “This tragedy should have been avoided...
(AFP (eng) 02/22/18)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Twenty-six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhea, and hundreds more cases have been registered, an official from the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday. The East African country’s refugee population has risen sharply recently as people flood in from eastern Congo, where resurgent ethnic and inter-communal violence has uprooted hundreds of thousands. Duniya Aslam Khan, spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Uganda, said health workers...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/22/18)
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwandan police fired tear gas on Thursday to disperse at least 3,000 Congolese refugees who had been protesting for two days at a United Nations refugee office in western Rwanda against a reduction in food rations at their camp, witnesses said. “The situation here is bad. They are firing the tear gas,” Pastor Kamanzi, 50, told Reuters from the town of Karongi. The refugees had left their camp in Kiziba, some 15 km from Karongi, to protest...

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