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Ethinic Clashes, Kidnappings Worsen DRC Woes

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -HUMANITARIAN agencies are failing to implement their activities following ethnic conflict between the Twa (Pygmies) and Luba communities in the Democratic republic of Congo. At least 15 people have been killed in the conflict in recent weeks, resulting in insecurity in the Manono territory of the Tanganyika Province. "This has prevented humanitarian actors from effectively implementing their activities," said a spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The inter-communal skirmishes (AllAfrica)

End of Joseph Kony Hunt Breeds Frustration and Fear

[IRIN] Gulu -Uganda and the United States have ended a six-year hunt for elusive warlord Joseph Kony and his notorious Lord's Resistance Army. (AllAfrica)

20 Dead in Kasai Amid Lulua-Luba, Chowe-Pende Feud - UN

[Al Jazeera] At least 20 people were killed in ethnic clashes last week in Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Kasai region, according to the United Nations. The UN's DR Congo mission said in a statement on Wednesday that the clashes took place in the central region, east of the Kasai capital, Tshikapa. (AllAfrica)

Four Burundian Hostages Released After Over Two Weeks in Congo

[Iwacu] Four victims of kidnapping have been released after 17 days of detention in the DR Congo. Their kidnappers claimed they were rebels. One of the four hostages says they don't know how their release was negotiated. (AllAfrica)

Uganda Targets South Sudan, DR Congo With Logistics Hub

[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda is considered a cheaper cargo route for goods bound to South Sudan, than the direct route to from Mombasa to Juba. (AllAfrica)

Court Convicts M23 Rebels of Illegal Entry Into Uganda

[Observer] Kabale Chief Magistrate, Moses Samuel Kagoda, has convicted 43 Congolese rebels of the M23 outfit to two year's imprisonment for illegal entry into Uganda. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda, DR Congo Agree to Enhance Bilateral Trade Ties

[New Times] Rwanda and DR Congo have affirmed commitment to strengthen bilateral trade ties between the two countries. (AllAfrica)

Award-Winning Wildlife Ranger Fears for His Life

[News24Wire] An award-winning wildlife ranger in the Democratic Republic of Congo says that he fears for his life after running a campaign to stop oil exploration in the Virunga National Park and protect the habitats of the rare mountain gorillas that live there, said a report on Monday. (AllAfrica)

UN Renews Call for Negotiated Solution to Kasai Conflict

[VOA] A U.N. official in the Democratic Republic of Congo has repeated calls for a dialogue to end the deadly, months-long conflict in the Kasai region of the central DRC. (AllAfrica)

Now is Not the Time for UN to Run From DR Congo

[The Conversation Africa] The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will only have successful elections if the United Nations (UN) maintains its strong presence in the country. UN infrastructure and personnel are vital for a credible poll. (AllAfrica)

From Embassy Row to the Congolese Street

[ICG] Six months into research fellowships made possible by Canadian philanthropist and Crisis Group Trustee Frank Giustra, we catch up with three young experts now working with our Europe, Africa and Middle East teams. Here we interview Philippe Kadima Cintu, who is focusing on his own country, DR Congo. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda, DRC Sign Joint Oil Search Deal

[East African] Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have signed a five-year joint exploration agreement for oil under Lake Kivu. (AllAfrica)

Violence Forces Thousands to Flee to Angola - UNHCR

[News24Wire] The United Nation's refugee agency has reportedly said that about 1 000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring Angola to seek refuge, amid an upsurge of violence between rebels and the government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AllAfrica)

SADC Mission Favours Govt of National Unity in DR Congo

[Daily News] Kinshasa -Ministerial Committee of the Organ Troika (MCO-T) mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said there is need for peaceful and transparent elections in the vast African nation. (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Based Militia Defectors Speaks About Recent Infighting

[New Times] The DR Congo-based FDLR militia, which comprises elements blamed for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, is wrecked by internal wrangles and is now weaker following another split last year, according to new defectors. (AllAfrica)

Can Young Leaders Bring Change & Stem Violence?

[The Conversation Africa] Once again, the cycle of instability and political uncertainty has the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on high alert and agreements between prominent political actors have done little to stem the tide of violence. (AllAfrica)

Minors At Most Risk in DRC Bloodshed

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE bloody clashes in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo are having a devastating impact on children with six million minors at risk due to extreme violence. This includes 600 000 already displaced from their homes. Some 2 000 children are being used by the militias in the affected region, at least 300 minors have been seriously injured and more than 4 000 have been separated from their families. The violence has also had a disturbing impact on education and health systems in the region w (AllAfrica)

Suspected DR Congo Soldiers Kidnap Four Ugandans

[Monitor] Hoima -Four Ugandan fishermen have been abducted by suspected Congolese soldiers on Lake Albert in western Uganda, security officials have confirmed. (AllAfrica)

UN May Ask ICC to Probe Mass Graves

[Deutsche Welle] UN investigators have confirmed the discovery of another 17 mass graves in central DRC, prompting the world body's top human rights official to raise the prospect of action by the International Criminal Court (ICC). (AllAfrica)

New Divisions Threaten Stability in DR Congo

[ISS] Two political accords and three prime ministers later, and four months after Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to leave office at the end of his second mandate, credible elections and political stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appear more elusive than ever. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania's Former Minister Leads Second Peace Mission in Troubled DR Congo

[Daily News] Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation Minister, Dr Augustine Mahiga and Deputy Foreign Ministers from Angola and Mozambique, arrived in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday to assess the political and security situation in that country. (AllAfrica)

17 New Mass Graves Found in Central DR Congo - UN

[Al Jazeera] United Nations investigators have found 17 new mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in an area that has seen fighting between soldiers and members of a local armed group, according to the UN rights chief. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania's Mahiga Leads SADC Team in DRC Congo to Check Political Situation

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Augustine Mahiga has arrived in Democratic Republic of Congo to lead a contingency of foreign affairs ministers from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Troika mission. (AllAfrica)

More Mass Graves Unearthed in DRC

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -United Nations investigators have confirmed the existence of at least 17 further mass graves in a Democratic Republic of the Congo region that is a scene of clashes between soldiers and a local militia. This brings to 40 the number of mass graves documented in the Kasai region. Staff from the UN Joint Human Rights Office and UN Police have confirmed the presence of the additional graves. Fifteen of the mass graves are in a cemetery in the town of Tshimbulu and two in the locality of Tshienk. The UN team ga (AllAfrica)

Refugees Free UN Staff Held Hostage in DRC Camp

[Al Jazeera] The United Nations says 16 staff members held hostage at a UN camp in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been released unharmed. (AllAfrica)

Displaced Congolese Exposed to Mass Atrocities

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE Democratic Republic of Congo and the global community have been urged to secure the safety of millions at risk of mass atrocity crimes in the dangerous eastern parts of the country. Armed groups plus tensions between authorities and a local militia following the killing of local chief, Kamuina Nsapu, have resulted in over 400 people killed in Kasaļ, Kasaļ Central and Kasaļ Oriental provinces since last August. Of the 2,2 million internally displaced persons in the DRC, more than 1 millio (AllAfrica)

Malawi Bears Brunt of Burundi, DRC Conflicts

[CAJ News] Lilongwe -MALAWI is battling a surge of refugees fleeing raging conflict in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two Central African countries are experiencing bloody violence after their respective presidents Joseph Kabila and Pierre Nkurunziza clung to power at the expiry of their terms. Malawi government and United Nations officials said this has led to the number of asylum seekers into the country increasing since the beginning of the year, with about 4 000 having sought safety at the Luwani camp to (AllAfrica)

DRC - A Tale of Two Corpses

[Daily Maverick] In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Laurent Kabila's enemies are just as much trouble dead as alive. By SIMON ALLISON. (AllAfrica)

South Sudan Refugees 'Hold 13 UN Staff Hostage' in DRC Camp

[Al Jazeera] Thirteen United Nations mission staff have been taken hostage by 100 unarmed South Sudanese refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), demanding to be moved to a third country, according to a UN official based in the area. (AllAfrica)

Four Years On the Congolese Government Is Failing to Enforce Its Law Designed to Stem Conflict and Abuses in the Minerals Trade

[Global Witness] In February 2012, as the mineral-rich Kivu provinces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo were descending into fighting once again, the Congolese government issued a law intended to help break the links between conflict, human rights abuses and the minerals trade. This law requires all tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold mining and mineral trading companies to conduct checks, known as due diligence, on their supply chains. These checks aim to ensure that the minerals they trade have not provided ar (AllAfrica)

DR Congo Tycoon Drags Vodacom to Court Over Defamation, Demands Billions

[Daily News] The dispute on attachment of 1,092,000,130 shares of Vodacom has reached a new turn following a fresh move by businessman Moto Mabanga of DRC to demand over 10bn/-from Vodacom Tanzania Limited, for allegedly publishing defamatory statements against him. (AllAfrica)