| Africatime
Sunday 02 August 2015
(Washington Post 08/01/15)
Several years ago, I got a request from some officials at a well-known international organization, wondering if we could chat about the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. After some polite conversation about my own research, my inquisitors got to their questions: Why is the North Kivu city of Butembo so stable? How are members of the Nande ethnic group, by whom Butembo is almost entirely populated, so economically successful? Perhaps most important, could their model be replicated to bring stability and economic growth to other parts of the Congo as part of the project to rebuild the postwar Congolese state? I answered as best I could, based on the academic literature on the Nande that...
(The New York Times 08/01/15)
Meningitis may be poised for a ferocious comeback in Africa, international aid organizations are warning, and vaccine manufacturers must step up production if the outbreak is to be averted. Meningitis is caused by one of several strains of the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. A vaccine introduced five years ago has all but defeated meningitis A infections in Africa. But infections with another strain, Type C, are on the rise. Some experts fear the new strain will explode next year, while others say too little is known to predict its course reliably. Meningitis C vaccines exist but are expensive: $20 per shot is the lowest price offered thus far to an international public health consortium, led by the World Health Organization, that...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/15)
Ugandan rebels have killed three women during an overnight raid in the northeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, a research group and the provincial governor said Friday. "ADF jihadists," Muslim fighters in the Alliance of Democratic Forces from neighbouring Uganda, attacked Mayi-Moya in strife-prone North Kivu province on Thursday evening, the Study Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (Cepadho) said in a statement. "During this attack, the terrorists killed three civilians (women) and burned down four buildings, including a home and three shops," the statement said, adding that three people had been killed in a previous raid on the village late in June.
(AFP (eng) 07/24/15)
Human Rights Watch on Wednesday warned of a "repressive climate" in restive Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of an election cycle due to start later this year. Local and provincial elections are scheduled for October, followed by presidential and parliamentary elections in November 2016, in which the opposition fears President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, will try to extend his rule. Kabila is barred by the constitution from seeking a third five-year term at the end of his mandate...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
President Barack Obama's keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower's military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. - Targeted military presence - Compared to its large-scale bases in Europe and Korea, and ongoing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- the US deployment in Africa is discreet. Indeed, the US military's...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collection, field research and analysis technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously
(Business Day 07/15/15)
Africa is undeniably "rising", as The Economist famously declared back in 2011. Yet the fruits of this boom have not reached the majority of our continent’s 1.1-billion people, who remain trapped in poverty. Africa scores poorly on the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme, which measures life expectancy, education and gross domestic product. The 18 lowest-ranked countries on last year’s index are all African. The challenge is to translate domestic product growth into broad-based human development. Africa needs tangible results stemming from a true footprint.
(APA 07/13/15)
A citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Kutumisan Mbuta Blaise, has forfeited $511,225 to the Nigerian Federal Government for failure to declare the foreign currency at the entry point into Nigeria. Nigeria’s Punch newspaper report on Monday said that Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos last week found Blaise guilty on a count of failure to make declaration of his foreign currency to the Nigerian Customs Service on arrival in the country as required...
(Dw-World 07/10/15)
A Belgian prince and an American billionaire have teamed up to save one of Africa's oldest natural reserves. Plans to create jobs for people living in the area and former rebels could also strengthen stability in DRC. Virunga National Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stands out in many ways. One of Africa's oldest natural reserves is also home to the world's endangered mountain gorillas. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is situated in a densely populated area. Around four million people live along the DRC's eastern borders with Uganda
(Eye Witness News 07/10/15)
Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with this week’s brutal Hout Bay murder. An 18-year-old man has been taken into police custody in connection with the murder of a Congolese man in Hout Bay. Dede Chikala, aged 27, was stabbed eight times before being robbed by three young men outside the Main Road Clinic earlier this week. It’s understood Chikala was on his way home after his daily visit to the public library at the time of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/10/15)
Africa's fledgling insurance scheme covering governments against drought expects to add five countries this year, expanding its client base to nine nations, and plans to offer insurance for tropical cyclones and floods from next May. In its first year of operation, African Risk Capacity (ARC), an African Union agency, insured Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and Kenya for $129 million in total losses, and paid out $26.3 million after three West African states suffered low rainfall. Senegal, Niger and Mauritania are using the money to distribute food and transfer cash to more than 1.3 million people...
(The Associated Press 07/06/15)
The fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army is sickly and in retreat from an international manhunt that includes U.S. forces, a Ugandan military spokesman said Monday, citing the accounts of recent defectors who are backing up reports that the rebel group is in decline. Joseph Kony is possibly suffering from diabetes, according to defectors who surrendered to Ugandan troops last month in Central African Republic, said Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda. That account is probably true, he said, because Ugandan...
(The Associated Press 07/06/15)
The mood in the border town of Metema these days is quiet and watchful. Dozens of houses on the hot, dusty main road that stretches from Ethiopia into Sudan look like they have been hastily closed. Guards grimly patrol the border, stopping anyone who looks like an illegal migrant. The nightclubs and bars are emptier than usual, although they still attract Sudanese who are not allowed to drink alcohol in their own country under Shariah law. Metema, with about 100,000...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/15)
The International Criminal Court on Friday postponed the trial of Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of leading a militia in a campaign marked by rape and murder, after his lawyers said they needed more time to build his defense case. A further delay to the trial of Ntaganda, which had been due to start on Tuesday, could fuel criticism that international courts are too slow-moving, taking many years to hand down verdicts that would take months in national jurisdictions. The...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/15)
The war crimes trial of Congolese former warlord Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed "The Terminator", was postponed Friday until September to give his lawyers a chance to prepare their case, the International Criminal Court said. "Today the Trial Chamber... postponed the opening statements in the Ntaganda case to 2 to 4 September," the Hague-based court said in a statement. Ntaganda's lawyers filed a request Monday for a postponement, saying the "necessary conditions were not in place to ensure a fair trial." The lawyers added they were not in a position to make an opening statement or question the prosecution's first witness, who will now take the stand on September 15.
(AFP (eng) 07/03/15)
Violence and arrests during an operation last year to expel tens of thousands of Democratic Republic of Congo nationals from neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville could amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday. "Police frequently used excessive force, carried out arbitrary arrests, extorted money and belongings, destroyed property and, in some cases, even raped women and girls," the London-based rights group said in a statement. Under the guise of hunting for illegal immigrants accused of crimes, Republic of Congo authorities expelled or pushed to leave nearly 250,000 DR Congo nationals amid an increasingly xenophobic climate in Brazzaville. One victim of the violence recounted to
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/15)
Health officials in Democratic Republic of Congo are investigating a possible outbreak of Ebola in a village about 270 km (170 miles) northeast of the capital Kinshasa, the government and the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Health minister Felix Kabange said that response teams arrived in Masambio, a village in Bandundu province, on Thursday to collect samples for testing. Kabange said that six hunters fell ill on Friday with symptoms of Ebola including diarrhea, vomiting and bloody urine...
(Voice of America 07/03/15)
GOMA, DRC— Amnesty International says abuses committed in the Republic of Congo during last year's deportation of tens of thousands to the Democratic Republic of Congo could amount to crimes against humanity. In a report published Thursday, Amnesty describes a range of human rights violations allegedly committed by Congo Brazzaville’s security forces between April and September of last year during mass expulsions of DRC nationals.
(AFP (eng) 07/03/15)
Zongo - Still going strong at 81, Italian nun and midwife Sister Maria Concetta Esu recently asked Pope Francis to bless her hands, which have delivered more than 34 000 African babies. "The task of a midwife brings me great joy because God gives life but he doesn't give birth," she told AFP at a maternity clinic in Zongo in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo. So when she met the pontiff, "I asked him to bless my...

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