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Aids - Origin of Pandemic 'Was 1920s Kinshasa'

[Namibian]THE origin of the AIDS pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say. (AllAfrica)

Will America's Black Political Class Join in the Rape of Congo?

[Fahamu]Pictures of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson shaking hands with the bloody handed dictator of Rwanda, of Andy Young pontificating on stage in Atlanta, are the clearest signals yet that America's black political class are being welcomed to join in the profits made at the Africa end of global supply chains, the profits of 5 million dead in DR Congo. (AllAfrica)

Security Council Reiterates Priority of 'Swift Neutralization' of Armed Group

[UN News]The United Nations Security Council today reiterated that the "swift neutralization" of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group is a top priority in bringing stability to and protecting the civilians of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region. (AllAfrica)

Over Four Thousand Angolans Return From DRC

[ANGOP]Luanda -The minister of Social Welfare, João Baptista Kussumua, Tuesday in Luanda said that from nearly 29,000 Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with intention to return to Angola, 4,222 are already in the country. (AllAfrica)

Phantom Menace

[Africa In Fact]Perhaps it is the size of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or its strife-torn history that fires the imagination, but people seem to believe any statistical claim made about the central African country. (AllAfrica)

Cash Grants Transform Life in Congo Camp for CAR Refugees

[UNHCR]Mole Refugee Camp -The market in Mole refugee camp was buzzing on a recent Saturday morning, with stalls selling everything from fish, goat meat, cassava and vegetables to clothes, cosmetics, household items and electronic equipment. (AllAfrica)

ICTR Confirms Life Sentences for Rwandan Politicians, ICC Orders Kenyan President to Court

[Hirondelle]Arusha -The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) this week confirmed sentences of life imprisonment for the top two leaders of Rwanda's former presidential party. (AllAfrica)

Aids Originated in DRC - Scientists Say

[Malawi24]The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say. (AllAfrica)

Study Traces HIV to 1920s Kinshasa

[New Times]A new study published in the Journal of Science claims that HIV began in Kinshasa in 1920 although it first came to global attention in 1980. Using archives of the genetic code material for HIV, researchers say they found out that the virus is a mutation of simian immunodeficiency virus found in chimpanzees. The researchers think this probably entered the human species through infected blood from bush meat. (AllAfrica)

Disarm FDLR, Security Council Tells DR Congo

[New Times]The United Nations Security Council yesterday called on the government of DR Congo to forcibly disarm the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) militants who have defied international calls to disarm voluntarily. (AllAfrica)

HIV/Aids Origins Traced to Kinshasa

[VOA]A new study finds that HIV/AIDS originated in the 1920s in the central African city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AllAfrica)

State's Kozak On Child Soldier Prevention Act


EU Support for Virunga National Park and Cooperation With the Democratic Republic of Congo

[PR Newswire]Brussels -Established in 1925, Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been strongly supported over the years by the EU, its largest donor. Located in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on the border with Uganda and Rwanda, Virunga is renowned for being the most biologically-diverse protected area in Africa and home to critically-endangered mountain gorillas, elephants and lions in a landscape that includes volcanoes, glaciers, lakes and plains. (AllAfrica)

Vigilant UNHCR Staff Reunite Long-Separated Mother and Daughters in Tanzania

[UNHCR]Nyarugusu -Eleven years ago, newly widowed Congolese refugee Sifa Risasi put her two young daughters in the care of a neighbour and ran away from a camp in Tanzania after hearing that her in-laws wanted to marry her off to her husband's brother. (AllAfrica)

Congo News Publisher Arrested For Critical Article

[IFEX]Reporters Without Borders' partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Journaliste en Danger (JED), issued a statement on 15 September condemning the judicial harassment of Mike Mukebayi Nkoso, publisher the bi-weekly Congo News. Reporters Without Borders joins JED in condemning the violation of the rights of the journalist, who has been illegally held in prison for almost a month. The Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 151st in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Wit (AllAfrica)

Surrendered Combatants Die At Camp - Rights Watch

[VOA]A rights group says more than 100 demobilized fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp. (AllAfrica)

Rebels Slow to Disarm

[Deutsche Welle]The Democratic Republic of Congo wants to disarm and disband rebels on its territory. But very few are handing themselves in voluntarily. Some blame the bleak prospects awaiting them once they have taken this step. (AllAfrica)

DRC - Treating Ebola Under Extremely Difficult Conditions in Equateur Province

[MSF]The Ebola outbreak that was declared in August in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has not yet been contained. The Ebola response teams, including 50 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff members, are currently working in very difficult conditions because of the lack of (AllAfrica)

U.S Waivers Could Send Mixed Signals On Use of Child Soldiers

[VOA]President Barack Obama has waived restrictions against providing military aid to six countries cited this year for using child soldiers. The countries, mostly in Africa, were among nine listed by the State Department in a June report on human trafficking. The waivers shield six countries from being fully subjected to penalties under the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, which requires the U.S. to cut off some forms of military assistance to offending countries. There is concern that the waivers send out the w (AllAfrica)

Surrendered Fighters Starve in Camp

[HRW]Kinshasa -Over 100 demobilized combatants, their wives, and children have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo after officials failed to provide adequate food and health care. (AllAfrica)

Obama's Law - When Western Advocacy Misses the Mark

[Fahamu]Obama's Law is a forthcoming, feature-length documentary that travels between the Congo and America to reveal the danger of the single African story - the African victim in need of a white saviour - that continues to be sold in the West. Ben Radley for Pambazuka News caught up with the film's director, Seth Chase, to find out more. (AllAfrica)

Dates Set for Key DRC Mining Event

[CAJ News]Johannesburg -MORE than 1 000 participants are expected at the upcoming Katanga Mining Week scheduled for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The conference and exhibition is slated for October 28-29. (AllAfrica)

Congo Local Elections Results Awaited

[Cameroon Tribune]The polling exercise on September 28, 2014, was calm though boycotted by radical opposition parties. (AllAfrica)

DRC - Just This Once, Joseph Kabila Should Listen to His Opposition

[Daily Maverick]Congolese President Joseph Kabila may or may not have decided to fiddle with his country's constitution, but opposition groups aren't waiting for him to make up his mind. Protests in Kinshasa and Goma this weekend were a pre-emptive warning that there will be consequences if he does try to remove constitutional term limits and keep himself in power. (AllAfrica)

ICC Prosecutor Opens New Central African Investigation

[Bemba Trial Website]The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor has opened a new investigation into crimes allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2012. Earlier investigations conducted in the country led to the indictment of Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, who has been on trial at the court based in The Hague since November 2010. (AllAfrica)

Transparency International Welcomes Progress in Investigation of Murder of Rwandan Staff Member

[PR Newswire]Berlin -Transparency International welcomes the announcement of progress in the investigation of the murder of its respected employee Gustave Makonene on 17 July 2013. (AllAfrica)

Interview with outgoing Africa Great Lakes Special Envoy Mary Robinson

NAIROBI 04 August 2014 (IRIN) - In mid-June UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reassigned the special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, to special envoy for climate change. IRIN spoke to her about her time working on the Great Lakes region. (

John Kayihula, Congolese refugee in Rwanda: I focus on sport so as to forget my life

GIHEMBE REUGEE CAMP (RWANDA) 09 July 2014 (IRIN) - Few of the 14,700 Congolese refugees in Rwanda’s Gihembe camp envisage returning home any time soon. As with Rwanda’s total caseload of 75,000 Congolese refugees, most are Tutsis who arrived between 1995 and 1997 from Masisi and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu, a province which still has a plethora of armed groups, making it too dangerous for the UN to organize refugee returns. (

DRC refugees and the limits of durable solutions

KYANGWALI (WESTERN UGANDA) 09 July 2014 (IRIN) - With around 365,000 DRC nationals dispersed across several countries in the Great Lakes region, many of them for almost two decades, the traditional triad of “durable solutions” - going home, integrating for good locally, or moving to a third country - remain “largely elusive”, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). (

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa

JOHANNESBURG 07 July 2014 (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half. (

Analysis: Targeted assistance needed for DRC’s former child soldiers

THE HAGUE/BUNIA 03 July 2014 (IRIN) - Recent high profile moves against militia commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have done little to stem child recruitment into armed groups, and much more needs to be done to prevent it, stop re-recruitment, and rehabilitate victims. (