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Mountain Gorilla Park Chief Attacked

[UN News]A senior United Nations official today condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them. (AllAfrica)


Urgent Investigation Into Shooting of Virunga Park Chief Warden Needed

[Global Witness]The shooting of Emmanuel de Merode, the head of Virunga National Park must be urgently investigated, said Global Witness today. De Merode was shot at least twice in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday and is in a serious but stable condition. (AllAfrica)


DRC Concerned With CAR Continued Violence

[VOA]Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) information minister has expressed concern that the conflict in neighboring Central African Republic (C.A.R) could threaten security of the entire region. (AllAfrica)


SA, Congo to Revitalise Diplomatic Relations

[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -South Africa and Congo will this morning meet for the second session of the South Africa-Congo Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), which is aimed at revitalising the diplomatic, political and economic relations that exist between the two countries. (AllAfrica)


Border Police Record Reduction of Infringements in Zaire

[ANGOP]Mbanza Congo -About five border infringements were recorded in the last seven days by the Border Police in the northern Zaire province, representing a drop of six offenses in comparison to the equal previous period. (AllAfrica)


Back to Rwanda

[IRIN]Goma -The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has long been one of the most significant armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been based ever since its founders fled neighbouring Rwanda after playing a key role in the 1994 genocide. (AllAfrica)


DRC Military Offensives Reduces Number of Armed Groups

[VOA]Last updated on: April 10, 2014 1:35 PM (AllAfrica)


Fighting Invisible Rwandan Enemy

[IRIN]Bishongera -It is difficult to identify the fighters of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), one of the many armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of whose leaders played a key role in Rwanda's genocide 20 years ago. Bearing neither uniform nor insignia, they are indistinguishable from the civilian population. (AllAfrica)


UN Urges Govt to End Impunity for Rape

[VOA]A new U.N. report shows limited progress in fighting sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where too few attackers have been brought to justice. The cases of sexual violence are highest in the eastern part of the country, where armed groups continue to threaten civilians. (AllAfrica)


UN Urges End of Impunity for Sexual Violence

[UN News]United Nations officials today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up the fight against impunity for rape and sexual violence, which remain widespread and largely unpunished despite some progress in holding perpetrators accountable. (AllAfrica)


U.S. Media Shows New Interest

[Deutsche Welle]US media are increasingly reporting on and debating their country's presence in Africa. How strong should it be? Is its purpose to bring stability to crisis regions or rather to counter Chinese activity? (AllAfrica)


RFUK Opposes Planned Lifting of Logging Moratorium in the DRC

[Greenpeace]The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) has joined forces with other international campaigning NGOs to oppose the imminent lifting of a moratorium on the allocation of new industrial logging concessions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following a similar call from Congolese NGOs. (AllAfrica)


Angola May Play Friendly Match Against DR Congo

[ANGOP]The Angolan national senior males football team may play a friendly match against DR Congo in June, in the preparation of their participation in the qualifiers for the 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON2015), to be hosted in Morocco. (AllAfrica)


DRC Logging - 87 Percent Illegal Says New Study

[Greenpeace]Almost all of the logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo is illegal, says a new report by the UK-based think tank, Chatham House. Though the figure of 87% is a startling one, it is not surprising for those of us here at Greenpeace who have been working on forestry issues in the Congo Basin. (AllAfrica)


DRC - MSF Urges Military Personnel Conducting Operations in the Beni Region to Take Every Precaution to Protect Hostages' Lives

[MSF]As military operations continue against armed groups in the Béni region, MSF urges that priority be given to protecting the lives of hostages, who may include four MSF staff abducted nine months ago. (AllAfrica)


FG Denies Signing Electricity Agreement With Congo

[Vanguard]THE Federal Government has again dismissed media reports that it entered into an agreement to import electricity from the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AllAfrica)


Angolans Moving Towards Development, Says Congolese Diplomat

[ANGOP]The Angolans after achieving peace in 2012 are moving towards social, economic and political development, considered the provincial director of foreign affairs of Kouilou and Point Noire, William Bolo. (AllAfrica)


Back to Rwanda

GOMA 11 April 2014 (IRIN) - The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has long been one of the most significant armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been based ever since its founders fled neighbouring Rwanda after playing a key role in the 1994 genocide. (irinnews.org)


Fighting an invisible enemy in DRC

BISHONGERA 09 April 2014 (IRIN) - It is difficult to identify the fighters of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), one of the many armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of whose leaders played a key role in Rwanda’s genocide 20 years ago. Bearing neither uniform nor insignia, they are indistinguishable from the civilian population. (irinnews.org)


Poverty amid mining riches in Katanga

KIUBO 27 February 2014 (IRIN) - Katanga, a province the size of Spain, holds many of DRC’s reserves of copper, cobalt and other valuable minerals. Scores of trucks thunder daily along its few paved roads laden with metals bound for export and shipping through Durban and other distant ports. However, few of the many millions of dollars in taxes paid by mining companies to DRC authorities are invested in Katanga’s economic or social development, leaving swathes of the population mired in poverty. (irinnews.org)


Long road to an African rapid reaction force

JOHANNESBURG 21 February 2014 (IRIN) - The African Union (AU) is rethinking how it can most effectively deploy military forces to tackle the continent’s crises. (irinnews.org)


Bad roads, insecurity hamper relief effort in DRC’s Katanga Province

MANONO 18 February 2014 (IRIN) - Terrible roads, the threat of violence and insufficient resources are hampering efforts to assist up to 400,000 people displaced by violence in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), say humanitarian organizations. (irinnews.org)


Briefing: ADF-NALU militia in DRC

KINSHASA 27 January 2014 (IRIN) - On 16 January, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) army (FARDC) launched an operation in the eastern Kivu region of Beni to neutralize the Islamic Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF-NALU) militia, whose prominence has been growing amid fears of its links with global terrorist movements. The FARDC offensive, dubbed ‘Sokola’, meaning to “clean out” in the Lingala language, follows the successful November routing out of the M23 militia after a joint UN-FARDC exercise. (irinnews.org)


Making sense of the DRC declarations on M23

KAMPALA 17 December 2013 (IRIN) - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the former rebel group known as the M23 Movement signed declarations on 12 December formalizing agreements to end hostilities in eastern DRC. (irinnews.org)


After North Kivu, UN, DRC forces set sights on Orientale

BUNIA 13 December 2013 (IRIN) - After the defeat of M23 rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province, government and UN forces have shifted their focus to the northeastern Orientale Province, giving armed groups there a two-week ultimatum to surrender their weapons and return to civilian life. (irinnews.org)


Malaria cases soar in former DRC rebel stronghold

KINSHASA 27 November 2013 (IRIN) - There has been a threefold increase in the number of malaria cases recorded in the former M23 rebel stronghold of Rutshuru, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu Province, compared to past years. Insecurity is exacerbating the spread of the disease, say health officials. (irinnews.org)


Is Africa ready for GM?

KISUMU/KAMPALA 27 November 2013 (IRIN) - Even as food insecurity continues to afflict impoverished and disaster-affected populations around the continent, African policymakers and consumers remain deeply divided over the potential harms and benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods, which advocates say could greatly improve yields and nutrition. (irinnews.org)


Senegal on the frontline of the battle with Big Tobacco

DAKAR 19 November 2013 (IRIN) - Djité Sekou, 32, smokes as he passes his nights guarding one of the many high-rise apartment buildings in Dakar, Senegal. It has been eight years since his first cigarette - a Monte Carlo from Morocco - and when money is available he goes through 20 to 30 per day. It is an addiction that can cost him up to a quarter of his monthly income. (irinnews.org)


Obstacles to return in eastern DRC

NYAKABANDE (UGANDA) 18 November 2013 (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of refugees and displaced people are starting to return to their homes in the two territories of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) previously occupied by the M23 rebels. (irinnews.org)


Concern over unexploded ordnance in eastern DRC

GOMA 08 November 2013 (IRIN) - With thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) expected to return to villages abandoned by M23 after recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), there are worries about unexploded ordnance (UXO). (irinnews.org)


Analysis: Extending peace in DRC after M23’s demise

NAIROBI 08 November 2013 (IRIN) - With the predominantly Tutsi rebel group M23 routed and vowing to disarm, attention is shifting to how to cement and extend peace across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and ease the decades-long suffering and deprivation of millions of civilians. (irinnews.org)