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Congo Armed Groups Uniting Against President Kabila: U.N.

GENEVA - Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday. In 2017, a brutal conflict in Congo's southwestern Kasai region drew international attention and condemnation be

NEW YORK TIMES - 2018-01-17 17:24:32

Freedom House: Human Rights Abuse Against Satirists

Freedom in the World 2018 is out now: "Democracy in Crisis." Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies, and the United States' withdrawal f

THE UNZ REVIEW - 2018-01-17 15:54:43

UN probes DRC clashes that killed Burundi refugees

NEW YORK - The United Nations (UN) announced Tuesday it will investigate the death of 39 Burundian refugees in clashes with soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in September. The soldiers allegedly opened fire on the refugees in eastern South Kivu province after they protested the detention

ENCA.COM - 2018-01-17 08:35:46

Burundi Displacement Tracking Matrix | DTM Dashboard #12 - December 2017

Download PDF (1 MB) DTM Burundi identified 179,901 IDPs comprising 40,272 households. 81% of IDPs were women and youth under 18 years old, and 29% of IDPs were children under 5 years old. 7,371IDPs (4%) were living in camps and displacement sites, 94,268 IDPs (53%) were living with host families, 31

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-01-17 08:00:00

Burundi Government Accused of Arresting Opponents of Constitutional Changes

Burundi's government recently proposed constitutional changes that would, among other things, allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to stay in office beyond 2020. Civil society groups say the government is arresting opponents of those changes in advance of an upcoming referendum. Officially, Burundi's


Is war about to break out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West even notice?

Around the time I was a Washington intern in the spring of 1989, I began hearing that the "next war in the Middle East will be over water." These warnings continued fairly regularly throughout my years in graduate school and the early part of my professional career, but because there were 13 wars (n


Letter: Williams celebrates students from denigrated countries

This past weekend, we were invited to celebrate the multiculturalism of the Center for Developmental Economics at Williams College. If you aren't familiar with this program, 30 working professionals from developing nations around the world are accepted to attend a one year master's degree program in


Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni 'president for life' law

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's leading lawyers sought on Monday to overturn a law that critics say would allow incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni to effectively become president for life. The law, passed last month, scrapped a constitutional provision that limited the age of a presidential candidate to


DR Congo soldiers repel attack by Ugandan rebels in restive east

Beni (DR Congo) (AFP) - Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers on Monday repelled an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels, who are suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month. The army had on Saturday announced an offensive against the Allied Democratic Forces, on


Mapped: The world's most (and least) religious countries

To mark World Religion Day, a Bah' initiative started in the 1950s, we've mapped the world's most - and least - religious countries. We've based our map on the results of three WIN/Gallup International polls, taken in 2008, 2009 and 2015. Each asked respondents whether or not they felt religious; fo


African Refugee in Des Moines Reacts To Trump's Remarks With Visit in March

DES MOINES, Iowa - Born to Burundi parents in a Tanzanian refugee camp, Des Moines North High School senior Robert Nishimwe is thankful for the better life they chose by coming to America when he seven years old. "In the U.S. there will be educational opportunities and different opportunities you ge


DRC cholera outbreak hampers humanitarian efforts, worries neighbors

Mother and her child are examined by Medecins Sans Frontires nurses in the cholera treatment center in Katana, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by: Marta Soszynska / MSF WASHINGTON - Torrential downpours and subsequent mudslides in the crowded capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kins


Eight projects totaling $2.75 million committed in December

Over 99,000 people in six countries will benefit; includes emergency response in Burundi Over 99,000 people in six countries will benefit from eight projects totaling $2.75 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in December. The projects are implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada,


Serge Alain Nitegeka's New Paintings and Sculptures Reflect on His Time as a Refugee

Serge Alain Nitegeka. Anthea Pokroy Johannesburg-based artist Serge Alain Nitegeka was forced from his native Burundi when he was just 11 years old, because of the ethnic civil war raging in the country that left his family itinerant, living as refugees, for years. His abstract, geometric paintings-


African refugees help girls learn to avoid abuse, early marriage

KYANGWALI, Uganda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In western Uganda's Kyangwali refugee settlement, Tamari Mutesi teaches tailoring to young women who do not go to school. The initiative she works with aims to combat violence against young single mothers and other refugee girls, including those mist


KPL transfers: Gor Mahia set to lose Rwandan midfielder

Gor Mahia are on the verge of releasing Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Goal can reveal. The Rwandan star joined K'Ogalo last season from Tanzania's Azam FC but could not cement his place in the squad that won the league title. K'Ogalo CEO Omondi Aduda has revealed to Goal that the pla


Uganda Refugee Response - Monthly Snapshot, January 2018

Download PDF (3.77 MB) Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. Uganda's progressive refugee policy grant refugees freedom of movem


African duo to be decided

The African qualifying competition for France 2018 is now in its final stagesNigeria to play South Africa while Ghana take on CameroonFirst legs to be played on 12 January and the return games two weeks later January 2018 is an important month in the race for places at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cu


DR Congo: without peace there can be no end to the Kasai crisis

One might be forgiven for assuming that any country overflowing with valuable natural resources is also, by definition, overflowing with wealth and prosperity. History, however, has taught us otherwise. This is certainly the case for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Rich in gold, gas, dia


UNHCR DR Congo Factsheet - December 2017

18,609 Rwandan refugees returned voluntarily in 2017. Working with Partners Together with the DRC Government, through the National Commission for Refugees (CNR), UNHCR ensures international protection and delivery of multi-sectorial assistance to persons of concern. UNHCR closely collaborate with o