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Impunity Leads Perpetrators to Continue Child Rights Violations in DR Congo - UN Report

[UN News]The recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, according to a new United Nations report, which cited impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses. (AllAfrica)

"Paradigm Shift' Boosts Congo Peace Prospects

[allAfrica]Washington, DC -I walked into the State Department just over a year ago to take on my new role of U.S. Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Part of my eagerness in accepting the job came from the recognition that we were entering a period of unprecedented international commitment to and partnership with Africa, including the Great Lakes Region. (AllAfrica)

Want to Save Congo? Help Them Get Rid of the FDLR

[New Times]"... IN such countries, genocide is not too important... " remarked French President Francois Mitterrand during an interview on 14th of July 1994, describing the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in Rwanda. (AllAfrica)

Goma's Infectious Happiness Goes Viral

[ThinkAfricaPress]Goma: Last month, a rare thing happened. A video made in the town of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) went viral. Moreover, featuring musicians, dancers, students, vendors and expatriates, the film wasn't depicting the usual themes of grief and crisis associated with the region, but colourfully celebrating Goma's fun, vibrant and joyful side. (AllAfrica)

MSF Team Treats Survivors of Abduction, Sexual Slavery and Torture in Mining Region of Eastern Congo

[MSF]Women, men and children are being abducted for months at a time by armed militias and made to work as sex slaves and forced labourers in the gold and diamond mining region of the Okapi forest, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a terror campaign that shows no signs of stopping. (AllAfrica)

Congo Brazzaville Pursues Expulsion of Illegal Aliens

[Cameroon Tribune]Almost 12,000 DRC nationals living in the coastal city of Pointe-Noire have returned home. (AllAfrica)

Sanctions Committee On Democratic Republic of Congo Draws Attention

[UN]to Recommendation on Due Diligence by UN Group of Experts (AllAfrica)

Kabila Launches Bukangalonzo Industrial Park

[The Herald]Bukangalonzo -Other investments on the park will be in areas such as energy, transport, housing, water, agricultural training, schools, health centres and community infrastructure. (AllAfrica)

Coton Sport Stays Atop After Leopards Stalemate

[CAF]Cameroon champions, Coton Sport maintained their hold of Group A after holding Congolese campaigners, AC Leopards 0-0 on Tuesday in Dolisie. (AllAfrica)

NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work

GOMA 23 July 2014 (IRIN) - International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the conflict. (

Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness

KISUMU/NAIROBI 28 May 2014 (IRIN) - Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it. (

Concern over camp-closure threat in North Kivu

KINSHASA 28 May 2014 (IRIN) - A warning by authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that they are considering measures to compel internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the northeastern province of North Kivu to return to their homes, and might close a number of camps in Goma, has alarmed the humanitarian community. (

Uganda’s anti-gay law reinforces homophobia, xenophobia, says report

KAMPALA 30 April 2014 (IRIN) - The needs of male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence living as refugees in Uganda, of whom there are several hundred, are poorly met, with recent legislation against homosexuality making matters worse, according to a new report. (

Growing up in war - the DRC's child soldiers

KIWANJA (NORTH KIVU PROVINCE) 31 March 2014 (IRIN) - When he was seven Dikembe Muamba* became a soldier on the orders of his uncle, a chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province. (

UN to boost troops in DRC’s troubled Katanga Province

LUBUMBASHI 13 February 2014 (IRIN) - The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) plans to send more troops to the southern province of Katanga, its top official has told IRIN, to respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding there, even as peacekeepers continue to combat elusive groups along the borders with Uganda and Rwanda. (

Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment, poverty

DAKAR 10 February 2014 (IRIN) - Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth. (

Uganda: Govt Courts Indian Bank to Develop Namanve

Government is courting the Export Import Bank of India to help develop the Namanve industrial park - a move that could revive business prospects in a park that has stalled for more than 10 years.


Regional On-line Seminar on Kim Il Sung and Independent Development of Africa Held

There took place a regional on-line seminar on President Kim Il Sung and independent development of Africa on July 8. Displayed in the main venue of the seminar in Kinshasa of the DR Congo was the portrait of the smiling President.


Dubuque family asks Iowans to help bring adopted kids home

Mike and Erin Peat of Dubuque are urging Iowans to participate in a nationwide White House call-in day on Wednesday to help bring adopted children like the Peats' children home.


Congo repels attack on military base in capital

Gunmen attacked a major military base in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday but the government said the situation had been quickly brought under control.


Assailants attack Congo military camp in capital

Spokesman Lambert Mende told The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon that the situation was in control after reports of heavy gunfire near the Tshatshi military camp in Kinshasa.


UNHCR renews call on donors to support Central African Republic ...

As the outflow of mostly Muslim refugees continues from the Central African Republic, many severely weakened, UNHCR and 16 other agencies providing life-saving relief are today calling on donors to increase their funding support for programmes in neighbouring host countries.


.com | Delay in trial of DRC's alleged coup plotters

Those people who are anti-transformation and anti-justice have created a "Mandela" to hide behind in order to protect what they have, writes Esethu Hasane .


Press Releases: Appointments of Mary Robinson as UN Special Envoy for ...

The Secretary welcomes the appointment of Mary Robinson of Ireland as the UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.


Cal Poly adopts student's resolution on conflict minerals

Cal Poly’s president has signed off on a resolution pledging the university will purchase products using conflict-free minerals whenever available.


Impunity leads perpetrators to continue child rights violations in DR Congo - " UN report

Child soldiers guard a road near Bunia, Ituri region, Democratic Republic of the Congo .


Alphamin Resources Corp.: Suspension of Drilling Activities as a...

Alphamin's management team are currently in discussions with Senior Government Officials in Kinshasa to better understand the Government's strategy that will allow the Company to operate in a peaceful environment without recurring security risks as per Law No 007/2002 of July 11, 2002 relating to the Mining Code of DRC.


Boy lost in limbo: Couple pleads with government to help retrieve adopted African child

Down to her last four kilograms of green tomatoes just four days into the Taste of Edmonton festival, chef Danielle Majeau posted a frantic plea on Twitter.


Boy lost in limbo: Couple pleads with government to help retrieve adopted African child

Christopher, 18 months old, was wearing the blue T-shirt his Alberta family had sent in a care package to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a tiny pair of khakis, and sandals so big he wobbled when he walked.


Armed With a Backpack Studio and a Plane Ticket,...

In Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fences as far as the eye could see were topped with barbed wire.


Things Fall Apart: Masculinity and Violence in Congo

Last month, as the UK held the first-ever global summit aimed at ending sexual violence in conflict zones, Pete Muller was asked to present his portraits of Congolese women who had been victims of such crimes and, in some cases, have spoken out against their assailants.