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DR Congo declares end to Ebola epidemic in east

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:39 AM

The epidemic in the east broke out in August 2018 and killed a total of 2,227 people

END OF EPIDEMIC. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2019, family members react as they watch a victim of the Ebola virus being buried in Butembo. Democratic Republic of Congo's government on June 25, 2020, officially declared an end to an epidemic of Ebola that broke out in the east of the troubled country in August 2018. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo court hands top presidential aide 20-year sentence in graft case

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Kamerhe is accused of having embezzled funds allocated to the construction of 1,500 social housing units

GRAFT CASE. A top DR Congo court ruled June 20, 2020, that Vital Kamerhe, chief of staff to President Felix Tshisekedi and a key powerbroker, should serve 20 years hard labour for corruption. AFP file photo

World Bank earmarks $1 billion for DR Congo health, education

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Funds from the World Bank will be used to improve response to health emergencies and to support free primary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Demonstrators gather at the Kinshasa Grand market on June 9, 2020 to ask for the re-opening of the shops around there which has been closed by the government as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - At least three people were reported dead by local authorities. (Photo by ARSENE MPIANA / AFP)

1,300 civilians killed in DR Congo, over half million flee in months – U.N.

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:22 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warns that some of the massacres and attacks behind the killings and displacement 'may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes'

CONFLICT. In this photograph taken on March 13, 2020, Moroccan soldiers from the UN mission in DRC (Monusco) ride in a vehicle as they patrol in the violence-torn Djugu territory, Ituri province, eastern DRCongo. File photo by Samir Tounsi/AFP

In DR Congo, denial becomes major obstacle for virus campaign

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'We have antibodies, from the time of our ancestors,' says one resident

SUIT UP. Two staff members of the Congolese Ministry of Health wear personal protective equipment to perform a COVID-19 test at a private residence in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP

DR Congo reports fresh Ebola outbreak

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The 11th Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country's history comes just weeks before it had hoped to declare the end of the 10th in the east

EBOLA. This handout picture released by Doctors Without Borders on November 14, 2019, shows a health worker preparing a syringe before administrating it as a first injection of the new Ebola vaccine to people at the MSF facilities in the North Kivu capital of Goma. AFP PHOTO/HO/MSF

IMF approves $363 million in virus aid to DR Congo

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says the Democratic Republic of Congo is 'experiencing a severe shock' due to the coronavirus pandemic

Two staff members of the Congolese Ministry of Health wear personal protective equipment to perform a COVID-19 test at a private residence in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. - One positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus was reported on March 30, 2020 in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province and a city of more than one million inhabitants, bringing the total for the Democratic Republic of Congo to 98 positive COVID-19 cases including 8 deaths. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP)

2nd Ebola death in DR Congo ahead of hoped-for deadline

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Hopes have been high that the World Health Organization on Monday, April 13, would officially bring the curtain down on the country's 10th known outbreak of the notorious hemorrhagic fever

EBOLA IN DR CONGO. In this file photo taken on November 7, 2018, a health worker waits to handle a new unconfirmed Ebola patient at a newly build MSF (Doctors Without Borders) supported Ebola treatment center in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. File photo by John Wessels /AFP

DR Congo reports 1st virus death, 5 new cases

Mar 21, 2020 - 8:23 PM

The death brings the total number of fatalities in sub-Saharan Africa to 3

PANDEMIC. A medical staff member measures a man's temperature as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus on his arrival of repatriation in Gatumba, on border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in Burundi, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Onesphore Nibigira/AFP

DR Congo's 1st coronavirus case confirmed in Kinshasa

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The patient is a Belgian citizen who has been in the country for several days

PRECAUTION. A bottle of hand sanitizer is seen at a food cart in Union Square on March 9, 2020, in New York City. File photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images/AFP

Burundi seeks 15-year jail term for journalists

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:43 AM

The 4 journalists of Iwacu, one of Burundi's few independent media outlets, were covering a story about DR Congo rebels

PRESS FREEDOM. Four journalists of the Burundi's independent media Iwacu Press Group (L to R): Christine Kamikazi, Agnes Ndirubusa, Egide Harerimana and Terence Mpozenzi leave at the High Court in Bubanza, western Burundi, on December 30, 2019 after attending a trial for complicity in endangering the internal security of the state. Photo by Tchandrou Nitanga/AFP

24 killed in DR Congo gold mine collapse

Dec 15, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Authorities expect the death toll to rise as rescuers continue searching for victims

Body of United Nations peacekeeper found in DR Congo

Dec 05, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The nationality of the peacekeeper was not given

PEACE MISSION. File photo of Indian peacekeepers from the MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, stand guard during a press trip to the Masisi Territory, North Kivu province, eastern DRCongo, on April 11, 2019. Photo by Alexis Huguet/AFP

Plane crashes into homes in east DR Congo city, killing 29

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Busy Bee Dornier-228 smashes into two houses near the airport, deputy transport minister Jacques Yuma Kipuya says

PLANE CRASH. Residents react after a small aircraft carrying around 15 passengers crashed in a densely populated area in Goma on the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 24, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

300 attacks on Ebola health workers in DR Congo this year – report

Nov 05, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Efforts to roll back the Ebola epidemic are hampered not only by fighting but also by resistance within communities to preventative measures, care facilities and safe burials

A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma. Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have appealed for calm after a preacher fell ill with Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, the first recorded case of the disease in the region's urban hub in a nearly year-old epidemic. Pamela TULIZO / AFP

DR Congo ex-minister accused of $4.3 million embezzlement

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Authorities say former health minister Oly Ilunga is accused of 'misdemeanours of the mismanagement of funds allocated to the Ebola response'

36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo river

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Authorities say the cause of the accident is still unknown

U.N. chief vows continued support for DR Congo army

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:18 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres says the UN peacekeeping mission, the Congolese army, and national police 'will continue to work together to return peace and security to the region'

ON GUARD. Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni. Photo by Alain Wandimoyi / AFP

DR Congo unveils new government after months-long delay

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:27 PM

'The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon,' says Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga

Rwanda shuts DR Congo border after Ebola cases in frontier city

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of an epidemic that has claimed more than 1,800 lives, stoking dread that the disease may spread from eastern DRC to vulnerable neighbors

BORDER. This August 1, 2019 image shows the deserted no man's land at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Goma. Rwanda has shuttered its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency said on August 1, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

A total of 1,803 lives have been lost in the second worst outbreak of Ebola on record

Health workers wear protective gear to mix water and chlorine in Goma on July 31, 2019. A second person has died of Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a major transport hub, the country's pointman for the epidemic told AFP on July 31, 2019. PAMELA TULIZO / AFP

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died – governor

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The case – the first in a major urban hub in the region's nearly year-old epidemic of the disease – sparks deep concern in neighboring Rwanda and at the United Nations

SCREENING. Congolese are seen lining up to wash their hands and get their temperatures taken at a Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 Photo by JOhn Wessels/AFP

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond

VACCINE. A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Ebola death toll breaks 1,500 mark in DR Congo

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:27 AM

As of Sunday, June 23, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A health worker wears protective gears at the Mpondwe Health Screening Facility in the Uganda border town with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 13, 2019. A grandmother in Uganda has died from Ebola, health officials said on June 12, 2019, the second fatality in the country since a major outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed the border. ISAAC KASAMANI / AFP

Tanzania 'in danger' following Ebola cases in neighbor Uganda – minister

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:29 AM

There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have 'recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic'

EBOLA DEATHS. Health workers prepare to bury a coffin containing a victim of the ebola virus on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Gunmen kill 19 at fish market in northeast DR Congo

May 19, 2019 - 11:04 PM

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack

U.N. official blasts violence against Ebola teams in DR Congo

May 11, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The Ebola fightback has already been hampered by an uptick in insecurity and attacks on medical teams amid resistance within some communities to preventative measures, care facilities, and safe burials

RED ZONE. A health worker puts on his personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the red zone of a MSF (Doctors Without Birders) supported Ebola Treatment Center (ETC), where he will check up on patients on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000 – U.N.

May 04, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The current outbreak is the second worst to date

Shootings kill 8 in eastern DR Congo

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:21 PM

'The population is angry at the authorities' lethargy,' a youth leader says

DR Congo election loser calls for rematch

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Fayulu says the DRC's Independent National Election Commission (CENI) had 'quite simply fabricated the results it published'

FAYULU SUPPORTERS. Supporters of the runner up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential elections, Martin Fayulu, sing and dance ahead of a rally against the presidential results on February 2, 2019 in Kinshasa. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola death toll surges in DR Congo

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The rising death toll emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the strife-torn east and is just one of a host of complex issues facing the new president

EPIDEMIC. An unconfirmed Ebola patient rests in the Ebola Treatment Center on August 15, 2018 in Beni. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

DR Congo ushers in new president in historic transition

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'The campaign we had to run... got the better of me,' says Felix Tshisekedi, apologizing for the interruption

HISTORIC. In this file photo taken on October 12, 2017 Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the main Democratic Republic of Congo opposition party, The Union for Democracy and Social Progress, speaks during a press conference in his residence in Kinshasa. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo presidential inauguration set for January 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:38 PM

It will be the first peaceful transition of power in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which gained independence from Belgium in 1960

Felix Tshisekedi gestures as he is surrounded by his wife, relatives and supporters of his UDPS party, a few minutes after he was declared winner of the presidential election following the announcement of the provisional results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, in his father's historic residence in Limete, Kinshasa on January 10, 2019. File photo by Caroline Thirion/AFP

DR Congo court confirms Tshisekedi winner of disputed presidential election

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Constitutional Court says Felix Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from longterm leader Joseph Kabila

WINNER. In this file photo, presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo court to rule on disputed poll, snubbing African Union

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The dispute over the December 30 presidential vote has raised fears that the political crisis could turn into a bloodbath

DISPUTED POLLS. A supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, DR Congo's opposition politician declared winner of the December's presidential poll, demonstrates in the streets of Kinshasa on January 19, 2019 as they wait for an expected ruling in a case of another opposition candidate challenging the controversial result announced by the Commission electorale nationale independante (CENI). Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival, church cry foul

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election officials name Felix Tshisekedi, son of the country's long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila

WINNER. Presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo on edge as deadline for election result looms

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Frustrations have been building steadily since the election after the authorities cut Internet access and blocked broadcasts by Radio France Internationale

A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. - The Democratic Republic of Congo on December 31, 2018 began counting ballots from a presidential election marked by delays and fears of violence and vote-rigging, straining hopes for its first-ever peaceful transfer of power. (Photo by Marco LONGARI / AFP)

DR Congo curbs French radio station RFI in tension vote

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Authorities revoke Radio France Internationale correspondent Florence Morice for alleged violation of electoral law and code of good conduct for foreign journalists

REVOKED. The DR Congo government withdraws RFI correspondent Florence Maurice's coverage accreditation over alleged breach of election laws. Photo from Twitter

Western powers urge DR Congo to restore Internet

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Internet access is cut on Monday afternoon for an indefinite period on the orders of the government, says internet operator Global

POLL. A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Volatile DR Congo votes after two-year delay

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Analysts say the threat of violence is great, given the many organizational problems and wide-ranging suspicion of President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down

POLLS. A man casts his vote at the Katendere voting centre in Goma on December 30, 2018. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Volatile DR Congo braces for troubled election

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

If all goes well, one will be sworn in on January 18 – the very first time that the DRC will have achieved a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence in 1960

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo joint opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu sing and dance as they wait for him to address the crowd after his arrival in Kinshasa to launch his campaign on November 21, 2018. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

50 killed, 100 burnt in oil tanker road crash in DR Congo

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The accident has occurred on a highway linking the capital Kinshasa to the country's sole port at Matadi on the Atlantic Ocean

D.R. Congo rolls out prototype Ebola drugs as death toll rises to 67

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The health ministry says 4 other experimental drugs had been approved for treating infected patients

Ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's presidential candidacy 'inadmissible'

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission rejects Jean-Pierre Bemba's candidacy on the basis of his previous war crime convictions by the International Criminal Court

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

Ebola death toll in DR Congo rises to 55

Aug 21, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Government has decided to make treatment free in Beni, Mabalako-Mangina, and Oicha for 3 months starting August 20

PREVENTION. A Red Cross volunteer explains measures to prevent infection with Ebola to inhabitants, on August 17, 2018 in Butugo, western Uganda, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Sumy Sadurni/AFP

Ebola deaths in DR Congo rises to 49 with 2,000 feared 'contacts'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:03 PM

World Health Organization says it 'expects more cases'

WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo 'not over'

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:26 PM

'On the basis of statistics, we can say that the situation has stabilized but the war is not over, we must reinforce vigilance and surveillance,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the World Health Organization administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town hall of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  File photo by Junior Kannah/AFP