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Independence Day 2015 and the Count Down to the Elections

[African Arguments] June 30th is Independence Day in Congo. In 1960, the Belgian coloniser handed over power to President Joseph Kasavubu and Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who improvised a speech which, through its passionatecriticism of Congo's colonisers, has become a powerful historical artifact. This year's Independence Day falls in the run up to elections which may also prove to be historic. (AllAfrica)

Bishops Condemn Insecurity in the Country

[CISA] The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the insecurity in the north, east and south of the country. (AllAfrica)

Cape Town's Congolese Shun Independence Celebrations

[GroundUp] The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) marks 55 years of independence today but many Congolese who fled to Cape Town say there's nothing to celebrate since the country is at war and the government does not reflect the will of the people. (AllAfrica)

Pres. Sirleaf Congratulates DR Congo On 55th Nat'l Day

[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the Government and People of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the occasion commemorating the 55th Independence Anniversary of that country on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AllAfrica)

Congolese Refugee Influx in Uganda

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] A new wave of attacks by the suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Mai Mai hit the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo . It forced thousands of Congolese to reportedly flee from possible abduction, forced recruitment and rape. The capacity to ferry the refugees to various settlements in the country such as Kyakka, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Kyangwali and Rwamwanja had to be boosted. Over 56.3% of these new refugees are women and children under 18 years. (AllAfrica)

Orlando Pirates Seal Rare Win in Dolisie

[CAF] A 57th minute goal by defender Happy Jele was enough to earn Orlando Pirates a rare win over Congolese side, AC Leopards in their Group B opener on Saturday in Dolisie. (AllAfrica)

Six Bodies Retrieved From Lake Mweru

[Times of Zambia] Six bodies out of the nine people that drowned on Lake Mweru in Luapula Province have so far been retrieved. (AllAfrica)

Mazembe Share Spoils With Visiting Hilal

[CAF] Visiting El Hilal snatched a point off TP Mazembe by holding them to a barren draw in their Group A opener on Sunday in Lubumbashi. (AllAfrica)

Heresy About DR Congo's Mobutu

[Independent (Kampala)] Why there was never a South Korean but a Congolese miracle (AllAfrica)

Govt Assures Mokambo Travellers

[Times of Zambia] The Government has assured motorists and travellers using the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Pedicle Road at Mokambo border that they will not be harassed by officials from the neighbouring country. (AllAfrica)

Mother Justice - Waging a War On Rape

[Al Jazeera] In the conflict-ridden east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where dozens of armed groups vie for control of the impoverished nation's mineral riches, one of the fiercest enemies of the warlords is not clad in military fatigues or clutching a Kalashnikov. (AllAfrica)

DRC - MSF Teams Vaccinate 42,000 Children Against Measles in the Region of Bunyakiri

[MSF] Members of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency team in the province of South Kivu, in eastern DRC, have vaccinated children and young people aged between 6 months and 15 years after the authorities declared a measles epidemic in the region of Bunyakiri, where several confirmed cases of measles had been recorded. (AllAfrica)

Pirates Ready for Leopards

[News24Wire] Orlando Pirates right-back Happy Jele insists that although AC Leopards are a changed team from the one they faced in 2012, they will play the same game. (AllAfrica)

ICC Judges to Consider Reducing Lubanga's Jail Term

[Lubanga Trial Website] Next month, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will conduct a review to determine whether to reduce the 14-year prison sentence handed down to Thomas Lubanga for using child soldiers in armed conflict. (AllAfrica)

"When the Camp Closes I Will Have to Build a Whole New Life"

[The Daily Vox] More than 200 Burundian and Congolese men, women and children face an uncertain future as the Chatsworth camp where they have been sheltering faces closure on Tuesday. The camp has been a temporary home to thousands of refugees following a spate of xenophobic attacks around the country over three months ago. Thousand of others have been repatriated while others have reintegrated into their communities. The remaining occupants of the camp, many of whom lost all their possessions in the attacks, are left wit (AllAfrica)

Myeni - Africa Never Easy

[News24Wire] Orlando Pirates midfielder Sifiso Myeni told Sport24 that despite reaching the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup it's never easy playing in Africa. (AllAfrica)

Tinkler - We Going to Compete

[News24Wire] Orlando Pirates have jetted off from the OR Tambo International Airport this morning en route to the Republic of Congo where they will take on AC Leopards over the weekend. (AllAfrica)

What now for Burundi? Five key risks

NAIROBI 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - Hours before an army general in Burundi announced he had ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza, a group of experts were making predictions before a packed audience in Nairobi. They turned out right. Here's what else they're warning of. (

How fragile is Burundi's peace?

BUGESERA, RWANDA 22 April 2015 (IRIN) - With 12,000 Burundians now taking refuge abroad, concern is growing that the fragile peace of the last decade could shatter if President Pierre Nkurunziza continues to pursue his controversial bid for a third term in June elections. Refugees allege a campaign of intimidation from ruling party thugs and the US State Department is already talking about a "climate of fear" (

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. (

Hear it from the people: What's wrong in the Central African Republic?

BAORO 08 April 2015 (IRIN) - The ordinary people of the Central African Republic are finally having their say after years of conflict. Grassroots 'consultations' have been acting as a prelude to a reconciliation forum aimed at forging lasting peace (

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA 07 April 2015 (IRIN) - Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there? (

Why was the UN sidelined in "joint" DRC operation against rebels?

GOMA 26 February 2015 (IRIN) - This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined. (

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR 24 February 2015 (IRIN) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. (

Much aid, little long-term impact in DRC

NAIROBI 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - Amid donor cutbacks and camp closures, aid agencies are questioning the sustainable impact of humanitarian response in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and calling for an overhaul of aid delivery. (

From jungle to justice: LRA at The Hague

NAIROBI 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group, finally appeared in The Hague today. IRIN looks back at its LRA coverage over the years. (

In the UN’s gun sights: one of DRC’s most infamous rebel groups

NAIROBI 23 January 2015 (IRIN) - UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo are set to launch an offensive against one of the oldest insurgencies in the east of the country. But who exactly are the targets of the operation? (

IRIN’s Top Picks: IDPs, Yemen, War Pillage and Ebola

DUBAI 22 January 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. (

Chaotic closure of a North Kivu IDP camp

KINSHASA 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - The authorities in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hope soon to close the 60-odd camps housing some 210,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) on its territory: They say peace has returned. (

Looming DRC offensive prompts “humanitarian fallout” fears

KAMPALA 16 December 2014 (IRIN) - Plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army and UN peacekeepers to again take on one of the oldest insurgencies in the country have sparked concern for civilian populations and raised questions about the wisdom of the operation, set to take place in early 2015. (

Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory

KINSHASA 10 December 2014 (IRIN) - The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni Territory in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). But several armed groups and racketeering gangs are active in the area and the culprits of these killings have not been incontrovertibly identified. (