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34 Killed and Disappeared by Police in DR Congo: Daily Brief

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HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

U.S. slaps travel curbs on DR Congo election officials for abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed travel restrictions on five top officials from Democratic Republic of Congo, including the heads of the country’s electoral body and constitutional court, accusing them of corruption during the presidential elections.

REUTERS UK

U.S. slaps travel restrictions on DR Congo officials for vote abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday imposed travel restrictions on five top officials from Democratic Republic of Congo, including the heads of the country’s electoral body and constitutional court, accusing them of corruption during the presidential elections.

REUTERS

US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday hit senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses surrounding December elections.

THE-JOURNAL.COM

Cardinal Gracias emphasizes collegiality to address sex abuse

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 22, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. .- Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay called Friday for the “entire Church” to “act decisively to prevent abuse from occurring in the future and to do whatever possible to foster healing

CATHOLICNEWSAGENCY.COM

Fact Sheet: The World Bank Support to the 10th Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

Since August 1, 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been fighting its 10th Ebola outbreak in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces bordering Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda. The World Bank is supporting the DRC government as it leads the fight to contain the Ebola outbreak, which poses a de

RELIEFWEB.INT

Acid truck spill kills 20 near Glencore Congo mine

About 20 people died on Wednesday when a truck carrying acid to Glencore's Mutanda Mine in Democratic Republic of Congo collided with two other vehicles, Glencore said on Friday.

MINING.COM

An entrepreneur brings professional grieving to eastern Congo

DEBORAH NZIGIRE, a 65-year-old Congolese woman, is nervous when she sits down for her job interview. Her hands are clasped tightly together, her words are slow and deliberate; she is blinking too much. “What inspired you to pursue this career?” asks one of the two people on the interview panel. Her

THE ECONOMIST

What the Congo Basin can learn from Filipino community forestry laws (commentary)

The Philippines was highly forested about a century ago. But today, forests cover less than a third of the country, due to logging, agriculture, fuelwood extraction and mining.

NEWS.MONGABAY

Travelers Need Permission To Gain Entry To These Countries

Remember when you were growing up and you needed permission to do any and everything? If you wanted to go to a friend’s house, you know you needed to ask your parents. If you wanted to go on a field trip, permission slips had to be signed. Everything had to be supervised and accounted for, and most

TRAVELNOIRE.COM

Public Designation of, and Visa Restrictions Placed on, Multiple Officials of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption, Human Rights Violations or Abuses, or Undermining of Democracy

The United States stands with the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.) following that country’s historic transfer of power. The elections reflect the desire of the people of the D.R.C. for change and accountable government institutions. However, there are legitimate concerns over the

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Plans Underway to Boost Congo River Shipping Capacity

The ICTSI Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has hosted its first call by a gearless container ship, the 2,500-TEU Safmarine Nuba. It is also the first time a vessel of this capacity has called.

MARITIME-EXECUTIVE.COM

America Must Not Endorse Faulty Elections in the Congo

The U.S. State Department recently released—unilaterally and in defiance of the broader government’s policy-making process—a shocking statement lauding a “ peaceful and democratic transfer of power ” in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mostly peaceful it may have been, but, alas, democratic it was

NATIONALINTEREST.ORG

White Arkitekter develops maternity unit concept for hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo

White Arkitekter has created a concept for a new mother and baby health unit at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Swedish architecture studio has designed the maternity unit as an extension to the Panzi Hospital, which was founded in 1999 by Denis Mukwege – recip

DEZEEN

How two Eritrean brothers built a solar power business in some of Africa riskiest markets

Within an hour of landing in Nairobi, Kenya in July 2016, Metkel Zerai received word that a fresh round of fighting had broken out in Juba, South Sudan. “We were freaking out – we just had $2.2 million worth of [solar equipment] delivered,” he says. “That was our whole company, and Juba was being lo

QUARTZ

Robust Ebola preparedness in Yei as fatality cases hike in neighbouring DR Congo

South Sudanese refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “commuting” to their home country in search of food not given to them across the border do not only constitute a sad humanitarian tale. Their desperate movements also increase the risk of the much-feared Ebola virus being transported to

RELIEFWEB.INT

DR Congo: Police Killed, ‘Disappeared’ 34 Youth

(Kinshasa) – Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 27 young men and boys and forcibly disappeared 7 others during an anti-crime campaign between May and September 2018. The campaign, known among the police as “Operation Likofi IV,” targeted alleged gang member

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Video: Police Abduct, Strangle, Disappear Young Men and Boys in Congo

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 27 young men and boys and forcibly disappeared 7 others during an anti-crime campaign between May and September 2018. The campaign, known among the police as “Operation Likofi IV,” targeted alleged gang members in Congo’s

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Father of Goshen native killed in Congo maintains son's dream to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Michael “MJ” Sharp had planned to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro someday with friends. He didn’t get the chance before his murder in the Democratic Republic of Congo on March 12, 2017.

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra, Rebirth & more set for Congo Square Rhythms Fest

All music and dance lovers are invited to celebrate New Orleans’ traditions rooting from the African diaspora at the 12th annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival presented by New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. The Fest provides a diverse music selection over two days along with New Orleans’ very

OFFBEAT.COM