Over a dozen killed in latest attacks blamed on notorious militia

Deaths bring the number of civilians killed by armed groups in Beni since November 2019 to at least 1,013, Kivu Security Tracker says. At least 13 people have been killed in two attacks in the violence-hit eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to local officials and a monitor. A notorious militia called the […]

How to tackle the violence in eastern DR Congo?

25:00 From: Inside Story The Italian ambassador to the DRC was killed in the latest attack by a rebel group in the vast country’s east. Read more 23 Feb 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 25:15 play 25:10 play 25:30 play 25:10 Show more . Source link

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda after Italian ambassador killed

Luca Attanasio died of his wounds after a World Food Programme convoy came under fire near the eastern city of Goma. Rwandan Hutu rebels denied allegations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and instead accused the armies of the DRC and Rwanda of responsibility. Luca […]

Italian ambassador to DR Congo dies after UN convoy attacked

The Italian ambassador and a policeman travelling with him were killed after a UN convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro. The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a military policeman travelling with him have been killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy in eastern DRC, the Italian […]

DRC: Dozens killed, hundreds missing in Congo River boat accident

At least 60 people died after a boat carrying some 700 capsized in Mai-Ndombe province, minister for humanitarian action says. At least 60 people have died and hundreds more are missing after a boat capsized in the Congo River in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a government official. Steve Mbikayi, minister […]

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sama Lukonde Kyenge as PM

Kyenge, head of state mining company Gecamines, replaces Ilunga Ilunkamba who lost a vote of no confidence last month. President Felix Tshisekedi has named the head of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) state mining company as the new prime minister, capping a series of political victories over his once-dominant predecessor, Joseph Kabila. The […]

Guinea races to stem Ebola outbreak

Health minister says priority to conduct rapid contact-tracing after seven reported cases, including three deaths. Guinea is tracking down people who potentially came in contact with Ebola patients and will distribute vaccines as soon as it can get them after three people died of the disease, Health Minister Remy Lamah said on Monday. Lamah said […]

Several killed in separatist attacks on DR Congo military camps

Four members of security forces and one civilian killed in separatist militia attacks in the country’s second-largest city. Four members of security forces and one civilian were killed as separatist rebels attacked two military camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s main mining centre of Lubumbashi, the city’s mayor said. Lubumbashi Mayor Ghislain Robert […]

DRC confirms third Ebola case in North Kivu province

Case found in Butembo, epicentre of a major outbreak that was declared over last June after nearly two years. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has confirmed a third Ebola case this week in North Kivu province, provincial health minister Eugene Nzanzu Salita has said. The case was found in Butembo, a city of more […]

UN warns COVID hardship could swell ranks of child soldiers

Top UN official says coronavirus pandemic has also hampered efforts to protect children in conflict zones. More children could be pushed into joining armed groups in conflict zones as families face increasing poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a top United Nations official has warned. The exact number of child soldiers is unknown, but in […]

DRC confirms two Ebola deaths in resurgence of outbreak

The WHO is working with the DRC gov’t to control the outbreak, with more than 100 contacts of the deceased traced so far. A second person has died of Ebola this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu province, the health ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement. […]

In Pictures: ‘No safe place’ as violence grips DR Congo’s Ituri

Ituri province, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Severely burned to the face and body, Anne is looking on what is left of the charred houses in her village. “We were hiding inside when they locked the door and set the house on fire. I fell in the fire and burned my face and my […]

New Ebola case detected in eastern DRC

Announcement by health ministry comes nearly three months after the DRC declared an end to its 11th Ebola outbreak. A new case of Ebola has been identified near the city of Butembo in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the country’s health ministry has announced. A woman was found with symptoms of the deadly […]

The children colonial Belgium stole from African mothers

Monique Bitu Bingi, 71, has never forgotten how it happened. It was 1953 when the white colonials came for her in Babadi, a village in the Kasai region of what is today the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), then a Belgian colony. She was four, the child of a Black Congolese woman and a […]

Tshisekedi supporters move to remove Kabila ally in DRC Senate

More than 60 senators reportedly demand the resignation of Kabila’s confidant and Senate Speaker Mwambe. Prosecutors and senators in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have reportedly launched new moves against the camp of former President Joseph Kabila just days after the removal of a prime minister loyal to him. More than 60 of the […]

DR Congo PM Ilunga resigns after no-confidence vote

The move enables President Tshisekedi to appoint his own PM supported by a new parliamentary majority. The prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has resigned, a move that will enable President Felix Tshisekedi to appoint his own prime minister supported by a new parliamentary majority. Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba was constitutionally […]

DR Congo parliament votes to remove Prime Minister Ilunga

Legislators pass a no-confidence vote against prime minister, collapsing the government amid power struggle. Legislators in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have voted to remove Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, collapsing the government and handing President Felix Tshisekedi a chance to appoint loyalists to key ministries. Wednesday’s vote marks the latest episode in […]

11th hour: Trump admin eased sanctions on mining magnate Gertler

In its final week in office, the Trump administration issued Dan Gertler, accused of corruption in DR Congo, a licence to resume all transactions and activities otherwise prohibited by sanctions against him. In its final week in office, former United States President Donald Trump’s administration eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler that were […]

DR Congo lawmakers file motion of no confidence in PM Ilunga

At least 300 out of the 500 members of the National Assembly’s lower house have signed the motion. A majority in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s lower house of parliament filed a motion of no confidence in the prime minister, a move likely to force the government’s collapse and hand President Felix Tshisekedi a […]

Dozens killed in suspected rebel attack in eastern DR Congo

At least 46 civilians killed by suspected ADF fighters in Irumu territory, according to a regional official. At least 46 civilians are reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected rebel fighters on a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a senior provincial official said on Thursday. Local security forces […]

Up to 25 feared drowned in Congo River barge sinking

Six bodies recovered, 19 missing and 237 rescued after a barge, heading to Basoko, sank. Up to 25 people are feared to have died after a barge sank on the Congo River, authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) northeastern province of Tshopo said. “A barge, which was leaving Kisangani for Basoko, sank […]

Six DRC rangers killed in latest Virunga park attack

Attack blamed on local fighters is the latest to hit large park renowned for its mountain gorillas. Gunmen have killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to authorities. There was no immediate claim of responsibility […]

DRC releases 22 convicted in former President Kabila’s murder

Among those released was slain president’s former aide-de-camp Colonel Kapend, who has always denied any part in the plot to murder Kabila. Twenty-two men convicted over the 2001 assassination of former Democratic Republic of the Congo President Laurent-Desire Kabila have been released from prison after receiving pardons from current leader Felix Tshisekedi. Among those released […]

China extends debt relief to DR Congo amid COVID-19 crisis

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, a major producer of cobalt and copper, has attracted billions of dollars in investment from Chinese firms in recent years. China has granted some debt relief to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help it overcome economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Congolese foreign ministry said […]