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Kabila candidate faces divided challenge in Congo presidential poll

Former Congolese interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary waves to his supporters as he arrives to file his candidacy for the presidential election, at the Congo's electoral commission (CENI) head offices at the Gombe Municipality in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 8, 2018. REUTERS


Departure of Chinese peacekeepers for Democratic Republic of Congo. - RegionWeek

The local magazine reports that the plane carrying this team of Chinese peacekeepers leaving for DR Congo left Diwopu Airport in Urumqi, the capital of northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 3:00 am, in China.


Poverty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Povertyis widespread and unchecked across the 26 provinces of theDemocratic Republic of the Congo(DRC). Despite being the second-largest country inAfrica, with an approximate area of 2.3 million square kilometres (890,000 sq mi), and being endowed with rich natural resources, theDRCis the second-poo


US State Department Issued Level 3 Travel Advisory for The Democratic Republic of Congo

The US State Department issued aLevel 3 Travel Advisoryon September 19, 2018, for visitors to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest.This Travel Advisory says future travelers should ‘Reconsider Travel’ to the DRC, due to increased risks.‘The US government has limit


International court sentences Congo politician Bemba for witness tampering

(This version of the September 17 story corrects first name of winning 2006 candidate in paragraph 9 in Sept. 17 story to Joseph from Laurent) FILE PHOTO: Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (MLC) addresses a news conference in Kinshasa, De


Congo's Music Artists Are Getting Increasingly Political

For 20 years, Lexxus Legal has built a career with his socially-conscious music, commenting on youth unemployment, corruption and other social ills. Now, he is running for a seat in the national parliament.


Conflict in Congo hampers Ebola response personnel

Red Cross teams have resorted to training civil protection volunteers who enter “no-go areas” to carry out safe and dignified burials, a fundamental technique to limit Ebola’s spread, Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore told The Associated Press in an interview.


Congo: On the campaign trail in an African war zone

Chrispin Mvano is on the campaign trail. Gasping for breath, he trudges up a hillside in sandals. The air thins out in the high mountains of his Masisi constituency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The roads are steep and bumpy — certainly not easy terrain, concedes the 40-year-old can


DR Congo set to unveil candidates for troubled elections

It is expected to give the green light to opposition figures Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe, as well as to Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a hardline former interior minister backed by President Joseph Kabila.


When Western Values Are Forced on African Sculpture

The Hemba (or Bahemba), an ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have a long and illustrious artistic tradition. Their wooden sculptures often depict solitary male figures with long necks, symmetrical features, and—sometimes—two heads. Yet curators and scholars call these two-faced w


Serologic Markers for Ebolavirus Among Healthcare Workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | The Journal of Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic

Healthcare settings have played a major role in propagation of Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreaks. Healthcare workers (HCWs) have elevated risk of contact with EBOV-infected patients, particularly if safety precautions are not rigorously practiced. We conducted a serosurvey to determine seroprevalence aga


ICC sentences former Congo VP for witness tampering

TheInternational Criminal Court(ICC) [official website] on Mondaysentenced[decision, PDF] former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of CongoJean-Pierre Bemba[BBC profile] to 12 months in prison and issued a $350,000 fine forbribing witnesses[JURIST report] during his war crimes trial in 2016.


Top militia chief and 600 'fighters' surrender in DR Congo's central Kasai region

Chief Ndaye Kalonga Nsabanga, who turned himself in on Saturday with many followers, was active in the troubled Kananga area.


High-Level Event: Funding the Future - United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict | To promote and protect the rights of all children affected by armed conflict

In 2017 alone, more than 10,000 children were released from the ranks of armed forces and groups in the Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia or South Sudan.Providing adequate, sustainable and reliably funded reintegration programmes is e


Global poverty reduction is slowing down

From 2002 to 2013, global poverty declined at a breakneck speed. The number of people in extreme poverty, according to theWorld Bank, fell from about 1.6 billion to 800 million over that time, even as the world’s population grew.Unfortunately, according to anew datafrom the World Bank, the progress


Abalone poaching fuels crime and violence in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG —Poachers profiting off illegal abalone fishing are fueling a wave of violence in South Africa. A report byTRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, found that 96 million of the shellfish have been poached in South Africa's waters since 2000.


Congolese Cobalt Mines, Child Labor and The Price of Profit

The work is extremely dangerous, with tunnels flooding, environmental hazards and almost no regulations on the use of equipment and safety apparatuses. Apple and many of their counterparts agreed to be more diligent about tracing the source of their cobalt and cutting off abusers like Chemaf SARL, t


Fear of Ebola keeps the faithful at home in Congo - Religion News Service

“We are staying in our homes. We can’t go to church and worship together as Christians,” said Daniel Sango, who spoke to Religion News Service by phone from Mangina, 24 miles southwest of the town of Beni in North Kivu. “People are afraid of contracting the virus. Many are listening to the gospel of


DR Congo state TV sacks journalists after opposition coverage

Their story on the front president Elie Kapend Kanyimbu, a former rebel chief and comrade of Kabila's father, was not aired by the National Radio and Television of Congo (RTNC) network.


Death toll in DRC Ebola outbreak reaches 97, vaccinations continue

The epidemic is the second to hit the country in less than a year.Health workers carry out the body of a patient with unconfirmed Ebola virus on August 22, 2018 in Mangina, near Beni, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo credit: JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images)