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Over 660,000 displaced during pandemic despite United Nations plea – aid group

May 22, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The Norwegian Refugee Council says its figures showed armed conflict around the world had continued during the pandemic, even as much of globe went into lockdown

JAN EGELAND. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland gestures during an interview after a meeting on Yemen at EU Commission in the NGOs headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on February 13, 2020. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/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

Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

DR Congo ex-health exec nabbed for stealing Ebola funds

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Officials say former health minister Oly Ilunga was about to flee the country when he was arrested

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/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

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DR Congo

May 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Funeral ceremonies for ebola victims are carried out in sanitized conditions, with relatives and friends kept at a distance. This is a traumatic break with traditions that demand the body of a loved-one be seen or touched.

BURYING EBOLA VICTIMS. A police officer escorts the coffins containing two victims of ebola as they enter a graveyard on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

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 toll tops 700 in DR Congo

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The current outbreak is the second worst to date

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

U.N. hopes Congolese can 'freely' vote after delay

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:33 PM

The United Nations Security Council calls on all parties to 'engage peacefully and constructively in the electoral process'

Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The latest violence, which sparks local anger, comes just 3 months before the Democratic Republic of Congo holds a fractious election to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, the country's deeply-contested president

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

5 new Ebola cases in DR Congo, says authorities

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:54 PM

DR Congo and the World Health Organization are rushing to contain the outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in recent weeks, with 25 dead

SAFETY ZONE. Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka, on June 1, 2018. Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

Internet restored in DR Congo after deadly protests

Jan 02, 2018 - 6:00 PM

On Sunday, Catholic and opposition groups pushed ahead with banned demonstrations, which were met with a deadly crackdown by authorities

UN urges DR Congo leader to keep promise to step down

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Violence has swelled after the date of the new vote was pushed back to December 2018, prompting fears that Kabila may seek to extend his reign

PRESIDENT KABILA. Congolese President Joseph Kabila (C) shakes hands during a special joint session of parliament on November 15, 2016 in Kinshasa. File photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Up to 30 feared dead as DR Congo army plane crashes

Sep 30, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The Antonov transport plane had just taken off and had 'several dozen people' on board, says an airport source

400,000 DRCongo children at risk in violence-hit Kasai – UNICEF

May 24, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The UN children s agency says the conflict in central Kasai has disrupted food supplies and undermined medical facilities

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UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:46 AM

The grant will be for a maximum period of 6 months to save the lives of about 108 000 people in the violence wracked Kasai region

UN blasts DR Congo arrests after strike call

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:18 PM

The arrests happened Tuesday in the capital Kinshasa and in Mbuji Mayi in the centre of the country says Jose Maria Aranaz who heads the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office UNJHRO

6 suspected rebels on trial for DR Congo massacre

Aug 21, 2016 - 12:17 AM

The men accused in the slaughter of 51 people in Beni town last weekend are 2 Ugandans one Tanzanian and 3 Congolese

51 killed in DR Congo machete attack

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:14 PM

The army blames the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces ADF

36 killed in troubled east DR Congo

Aug 15, 2016 - 1:50 AM

Three days of national mourning are declared as a massacre leaves 22 men and 14 women dead

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

DR Congo president's rival charged with hiring mercenaries

May 19, 2016 - 11:11 PM

Katumbi the wealthy owner of the prestigious Tout Puissant Mazembe football club is accused of hiring several foreign mercenaries notably Americans as his private guards

Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York USA, 22 April 2016. File photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

ICTSI to open new port terminal in Congo in August

Jan 16, 2016 - 8:51 AM

The new terminal will be located in Matadi the chief sea port in Congo

NEW DEVELOPMENTS. Construction of ICTSI’s new Congo terminal is set to open for business in mid-2016. Photo from ICTSI

At least 6 killed in DR Congo plane crash

Dec 30, 2014 - 7:21 AM

A local government official says the number of passengers onboard is uncertain aside from 6 crew members

At least 129 dead after boat capsizes in DR Congo – officials

Dec 14, 2014 - 10:23 PM

Officials recover at least 129 bodies from the boat which capsized on Thursday night

Women, children killed in new DR Congo attack

Oct 18, 2014 - 3:49 PM

2ND UPDATE The attack left 10 women 8 children and four men dead

World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola: MSF

Sep 02, 2014 - 11:38 PM

The United Nations warn of severe food shortages in the hardest hit countries

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/Center for Disease Control and Prevention/AFP

At least 30 killed in DR Congo ethnic violence

Jun 08, 2014 - 7:18 AM

The sources say the victims are ethnic Bafuliru and most of them are killed while sleeping in a Protestant church after taking part in a parish meeting

All Intel processors for 2014 to be conflict mineral-free

Jan 07, 2014 - 3:04 PM

Krzanich notes how The minerals are important but not as important as the lives of the people who work to get them

CONFLICT-FREE. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that in 2014, the minerals used to make Intel microprocessors will be conflict-free. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Clashes between rebels, army in DR Congo

Oct 25, 2013 - 2:27 PM

After halting peace talks the army and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo resume fighting

Rose Mapendo: A refugee's story

Jun 29, 2013 - 3:23 PM

Humanity triumphs against violence and exile in Pushing the Elephant

FORTITUDE. Mapendo's warmth and humor flow out into this story. Screenshot from YouTube (mediathatmatters)

Charging China demand drives deadly ivory trade

Feb 28, 2013 - 1:11 PM

Surging demand for ivory and rhino horn in Asia is behind an ever mounting death toll of African elephants and rhinos conservationists say as authorities fail to rein in hugely lucrative international smuggling networks

This picture taken on February 27, 2013 shows a pedestrian walking past a shop window displaying a carved ivory tusk in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez