| Africatime
Wednesday 26 November 2014
(AFP (eng) 11/26/14)
The Congolese army on Wednesday searched for suspected Ugandan rebels in villages in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the massacre of around 100 people last week, the UN said. The army followed leads from locals around Beni, near the sites of last Thursday's killings, according to the Twitter account of UN mission MONUSCO. Mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians in machete attacks since October in the restive North Kivu province, where Beni lies. Local officials said the army had cordoned off the area where Thursday's massacre took place, while MONUSCO forces were patrolling the region.
(AFP (eng) 11/26/14)
Doctor Denis Mukwege received the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Wednesday for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. European Parliament president Martin Schulz, who presented the 59-year-old with the award at a ceremony in Strasbourg, said Mukwege "fought for the dignity of women, justice and peace in his country". "You have eased the pain of countless women and girls and offered them a helping hand so that their injured bodies and broken bodies may be healed," said Schulz. A Congolese delegation sang for joy and waved flags from...
(Ips News 11/26/14)
Lagos — Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children. "The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children," Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth's Future Savers Initiative, told IPS. Akinpelu turned to Shola's mother, who had remarried. But she refused, arguing that his father should be responsible...
(The New Times 11/25/14)
African countries must come up with effective ways to control the escalating violence against women and girls on the continent. Oda Gasinzigwa, the Minister for Gender and Family Promotion, made the call yesterday at the opening of the Annual General Assembly of Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), that brought together delegates from 34 African countries. The conference, held under the theme; "Turn back crime against women and girls; the synergy of African security organs," was derived from Interpol's global campaign aimed at raising awareness against gender based violence.
(AFP (eng) 11/24/14)
About 100 people were slaughtered last week in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the latest massacre to shake the restive region, lawmakers told AFP on Monday. The carnage took place on Thursday near Beni in the North Kivu province, where mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians in gruesome machete attacks since October. "I have a figure of 95 bodies buried in a common grave," as well as "nine others that were shown to authorities in a morgue," opposition member of parliament Juma Balikwisha told AFP.
(CNN 11/24/14)
(CNN) -- Ebola has officially been eradicated from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization declared Friday, even amid fresh concerns about the deadly virus in places like Sierra Leone and Mali. The United Nations health agency cleared the DRC for Ebola because 42 days had passed since tests came back negative on the last person with the disease and there have been no other cases since. The WHO credited the central African country's leadership and effective coordination,...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/14)
Suspected Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels have killed between 50 and 80 people in attacks near the eastern Congolese town of Beni, slitting the throats of many of their victims, local sources and witnesses said on Friday. In a statement, Civil Society of North Kivu, the province where Beni is situated, said the killings had occurred on Thursday evening about 10 km (6 miles) east of Beni airport, where U.N. peacekeepers, known as MONUSCO, are based. "We already saw 70 bodies. The authorities are searching for other bodies," said a priest who saw the massacre site.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/14)
Nairobi — Mobile phones and other technological innovations can be "game changers" in securing children's rights, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said at the launch of its first crowd-sourced report on Thursday. UNICEF's flagship annual report State of the World's Children showcases cutting-edge innovations for children, from urine-powered generators to mobile phone-generated birth certificates, and invites readers to share their own ideas. "There are innovative minds and people all over the world that are coming up with solutions that can be game changers in terms of helping children to stay alive and realise their full potential," Jaya Murthy, UNICEF's Uganda spokesman, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
(Le Potentiel Online 11/21/14)
Un convoi des policiers indiens de la Monusco a été attaqué mercredi soir par des hommes armés sur le tronçon Beni-Mavivi, au niveau du village de Ngadi, en territoire de Beni dans la province du Nord-Kivu. C’est vers 19 heures locales que la patrouille des policiers indiens de la Monusco, venant de Beni à destination de Mavivi, a été attaquée, indique Radio Okapi Des sources de la Monusco ont indiqué que les assaillants postés de tous les côtés de la...
(Daily Nation 11/21/14)
Pan-African lawmakers are now pushing for the establishment of a standby force to enhance rapid response to deal with conflicts in the region. The move came as Somali MPs at the Pan-African Parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Kenyan forces and other Amisom forces from Somalia. An independent force, they said, would reduce the level of suspicion between the countries in conflict and the countries contributing the peace-keeping forces to regional organs such as the Amisom.
(PANA 11/20/14)
Paris, France - The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment on Sunday night of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of 'president for life'. It also puts an end to the seizure of power through constitutional amendment, Philippe Missassou, a lawyer and analyst of Franco-African relations, said in Paris, PANA reported on Wednesday. 'What happened in recent days in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) will have a domino...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. (Xinhua) -- The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday urged the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the UN stabilization mission to boost their respective capacities to stem the violence in the long- troubled, resource-rich area known as "the triangle of death," as it is deeply concerned about the "catastrophic" humanitarian situation in Katanga province. According to UNHCR, violence in the southeastern DRC province has forced some 400,000 people to flee their...
(UN.org 11/19/14)
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected a fifth judge to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) - the principal judicial organ of the UN - following the election of four judges earlier this month. After voting this afternoon in the Assembly and the Council, which met independently from but concurrently with each other, Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica was elected to a nine-year term on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Eastern and Southern Africa has made great strides in protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence, yet necessary laws, legal systems and enforcement mechanisms are still lacking throughout the region, said a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expert. In an interview with Xinhua, Cornelius Williams, child protection advisor with UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, said almost all countries in the region today have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Widespread violence has forced more than 71,000 people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga region in the past three months alone, the United Nations warned Tuesday. The UN refugee agency said it was "deeply concerned about the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Katanga". Rampant violence in the mineral-rich southern region has uprooted about 400,000 people since 2012, and brought the total number of people internally displaced to nearly 600,000, UNHCR said. In October alone, the agency...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday denounced police in the Democratic Republic of Congo for summarily killing or forcibly disappearing at least 80 people during a violent crackdown on gang crime in the capital. During Operation Likofi in Kinshasa from November 2013 to February this year, "uniformed police, often wearing masks, dragged 'kuluna', or suspected gang members, from their homes at night," the New York-based watchdog reported. "The police shot and killed the unarmed young men and boys outside their homes,...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/14)
KALEMIE Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A military tribunal in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday sentenced to death a senior army officer and a rebel commander he was meant to be fighting, defense counsel and observers said. In a trial that highlighted the deep splits that plague Congo's military, sentence was pronounced after Lieutenant Colonel Nzanzu Birotsho and Jamil Makulu, leader of the Ugandan Islamist Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels, were convicted of terrorism and belonging to an insurrection movement.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.S. campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused police in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday of summarily executing at least 51 people in an anti-gang operation, and being responsible for the disappearance of at least 33 more. The report, based on witness testimony, is the second high-profile inquiry into Operation Likofi, or 'punch' in the Lingala language, launched last November to tackle criminal gangs in the capital Kinshasa. The government could not immediately be reached for comment, but Interior Minister Richard Muyej in October rejected a U.N. report that produced similar findings and accused its authors of trying to destabilize the government.
(Bloomberg 11/18/14)
Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 51 young men and teenage boys in a crackdown on gangs that showed “little regard for the rule of law,” Human Rights Watch said. Thirty three others were “forcibly disappeared” during Operation Likofi that took place in the capital, Kinshasa, from November 2013 to February 2014, the New York-based advocacy group said in a report yesterday. Uniformed police, some wearing masks, executed suspected gang members outside their homes, in open...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/14)
Nairobi — With an El Niño event predicted to hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel starting in December, potentially bringing worsening droughts and floods, researchers are recommending action now to avoid a food crisis. Effective measure to cut risks might include better water management, planting a more diverse range of crops and sharing weather information, they said. Forecasts by the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this month warn of an El Niño period starting in...