Genocost, a UK-based Congolese advocacy group, commemorated Congo Genocide this week on August 2nd and asked that the rest of the world do the same. August 2nd is the day that U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Democratic Republic of the Congo, starting the Second Congo War in 1998. Though a peace treaty was signed in 2003, the violence, displacement and massive death toll continue. Genocost asks that nations formally recognize August 2nd as Congo Genocide Commemoration Day.
Three months of massacres that have left 62 children dead could escalate into wider ethnic cleansing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN has warned.
A total of 250 people have died in targeted killings with government forces and militias made up of children among those being blamed as complicit by international investigators. Continue reading Democratic Republic of Congo: 250 killed in massacres, says UN
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country’s north-east, the WHO says. Continue reading Ebola: WHO declares outbreak in DR Congo
LUANDA – Thousands of people have fled fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo over the past month and sought refuge in neighbouring Angola, a provincial governor said, an exodus that is straining resources in villages along the border. Continue reading THOUSANDS FLEE CONGO CONFLICT, SWELLING VILLAGES OVER BORDER IN ANGOLA
If you needed a quick story of inspiration, look no further than Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo.
The 22-year-old activist was just crowned Miss Congo UK, but she’s also HIV positive, and used her platform to create awareness for the disease.
“I was born in the Congo and I only discovered that I was HIV positive here in the UK,” Horcelie told BBC Africa about getting the diagnosis at age 11. “I was one of many children born with HIV who did not have the medication, but somehow the virus is not fighting the body as fast as other Continue reading Miss Congo UK 2017 is a beautiful and inspiring young woman.
KINSHASA A DR Congo opposition leader accused of “high treason” returned to Kinshasa on Sunday two weeks after a key deal to end a political crisis in the vast African country.
Roger Lumbala, head of the small opposition Rally of Congolese Democrats and Nationalists (RCD-N), was one of a few accused figures whose freedom or return from exile was agreed as part of the New Year’s Eve deal. Continue reading DR Congo Roger Lumbala heads home after crisis deal
Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has appointed opposition politician Samy Badibanga as prime minister, under a controversial power-sharing deal that effectively extends his term in office. Continue reading DR Congo: Opposition figure Samy Badibanga named PM
Congo’s constitutional court has approved a request by the electoral commission to postpone the November election to update voter lists. The controversial move means President Kabila could stay in office until 2018.
Congo’s ruling People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) and other participants in a national dialogue agreed on Monday that presidential, legislative and provincial elections will be held in April 2018. Continue reading Constitutional court allows postponement of Congo election to 2018
The International Criminal Court should open an investigation into a wave of killings that have claimed more than 700 lives in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since 2014, Human Rights Watch said. Continue reading Killings in Northeast Congo Need ICC Probe, Rights Group Says