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More than 120 000 Congolese fled to neighbouring countries in 2017 following the refusal of Incumbent President Joseph Kabila to step down despite his term ending in December 2016. There are growing fears that the mineral-rich country could descend once again into civil war. During the last civil war in ...
The great Congo war of 1998-2003 was the most lethal on any continent in most people's lifetimes. It sucked in soldiers from eight other countries. Mass rape became routine. No one knows how many people died of machete wounds, hunger and disease. Estimates range from 1m to over 5m. Four factors ...

NO CONFLICT since the 1940s has been bloodier, yet few have been more completely ignored. Estimates of the death toll in Congo between 1998 and 2003 range from roughly 1m to more than 5m--no one counted the corpses. Taking the midpoint, the cost in lives was higher than that in Syria, Iraq, ...
NO CONFLICT since the 1940s has been bloodier, yet few have been more completely ignored. Estimates of the death toll in Congo between 1998 and 2003 range from roughly 1m to more than 5m--no one counted the corpses. Taking the midpoint, the cost in lives was higher than that in Syria, Iraq, ...
Part of the Banyamulenge tribe of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, she spent her childhood in a country familiar with conflict, often at the hands of corrupt officials taking advantage of the country's resources. Tribal conflict was also the norm in parts of the country, and it's this conflict that ...
23 for a day of prayer and fasting for peace, with special prayers for Congo and South Sudan. "Tragically, violent conflict rages in both nations" and "innocent families suffer" in both countries, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston in a Feb. 14 statement. He noted that South Sudan won its ...

More than 120 000 Congolese fled to neighbouring countries in 2017 following the refusal of Incumbent President Joseph Kabila to step down despite his term ending in December 2016. There are growing fears that the mineral-rich country could descend once again into civil war. During the last civil war in ...
The violence is certainly increasing, and there is a serious risk that Congo is sliding back towards civil war, but it's too simple to blame it all on Kabila. Joseph Kabila came to power when his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, a warlord who had emerged victorious in the first civil war in 1997, was assassinated.
The Archbishop's call comes days after a senior United Nations official accused Uganda and neighbouring Kenya of fueling the South Sudanese civil war. Meanwhile, Odama also appealed to the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic to stop the wars that are ...
With plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year thwarted by ongoing conflict, Francis organized the prayer vigil in order to pray for an end to war in the two countries and to ask for comfort for victims of the violence. He had planned to visit South Sudan last fall alongside ...
The DR Congo government has announced it is waging "war" against two militias in the east -- the Yakutumba and the Ugandan Islamist rebels of the Allied Democratic Force (ADF). The Congolese Yakutumba are in South Kivu while the ADF are active in North Kivu. Both regions border Uganda, Rwanda, ...
The complex conflicts in eastern Congo have been simmering for years, with frequent outbreaks of violence. The UNHCR has described the situation as one of the world's worst crises leading to displacement. The agency estimates that there are currently around 5 million Congolese fleeing conflict.
They arrived from a refugee settlement in Uganda, but they were originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most troubled nations in Africa. Congo (formerly Zaire) is the top sender of refugees to the United States. During the Second Congo war, also known as the African World War, nine ...
Conflict in Eastern DR Congo is the prime driver of hunger in the country with some 72 million people food insecure. In Lebanon, not traditionally on the list of countries suffering from hunger, up to a third of Syrian refugees living in the country regularly go hungry. The almost three year old war in Yemen has ...
Their main tactic is the terror of conspicuous atrocities, such as in South Sudan, home to a brutal and bloody war with no end in sight fought between two strongmen (and former collaborators), or the Congo, where irregular armies fighting for control of mining wealth have killed millions. The western military ...
As the U.N. continues to deploy peacekeepers to conflict zones, including the Central African Republic, Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, "the line between peacekeeping and war-fighting is getting very blurred," says former peacekeeper Conor Foley. Foley, who worked at the U.N. ...
It's a smartphone app to help people in the Democratic Republic of Congo find answers to awkward questions about sex. Dr Lokulutu is proud of his creation: It's a Congolese solution to a Congolese problem. Talking ... The last war ended barely 15 years ago, and for many, memories of it are still fresh.

They arrived from a refugee settlement in Uganda, but they were originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most troubled nations in Africa. Congo (formerly Zaire) is the top sender of refugees to the United States. During the Second Congo war, also known as the African World War, nine ...
ROME - Church leaders in South Sudan and Congo often wonder if they have labored in vain because, too often, their own people are waging war on each other, said Father Maurice Ibiko, a South Sudanese. The root of the conflict, he said, is "the wrong answer to the question, 'Who is my neighbor?'".
This has sparked fears that the country, rich in mineral resources, could slide back into a vicious civil war that left millions dead in the 1990s, primarily from hunger and ... Congolese security forces have fired tear gas in and around churches to break up large protests against President Joseph Kabila.
Kinshasa - The defence minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday said the army was waging 'war' against two militia forces in the country's troubled east. Crispin Atama Thabe told AFP that government forces were tackling rebels in both South Kivu province and neighbouring North Kivu, ...
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | The defence minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday said the army was waging 'war' against two militia forces in the country's troubled east. Crispin Atama Thabe told AFP that government forces were tackling rebels in both South Kivu province and ...
The shells of burnt-out vehicles rust in the rain and crumbling houses poke out through the overgrown brush. The village of Soumouna in Congo-Brazzaville's southern Pool region lies empty and guarded by soldiers, but there's undeniable evidence of what happened here 20 months ago. Isma Nkodia, 25 ...
Brazzaville, Congo | AFP | Congo's government met with members of a key rebel group on Wednesday for the first time since a landmark ceasefire was signed after months of renewed armed conflict in the oil-rich nation. Fighters loyal to ex-rebel chief Frederic Bintsamou -- seen as having disbanded after a ...
"The former code of 2002 was meant to be attractive for investors because then we were in a state of war," Henri Muhiya of the influential Roman Catholic episcopate told AFP, referring to the Second Congo War of 1998-2003. "We've realised that the investors indeed came, but the profits weren't shared out ...
Dubbed "Africa's World war," this second Congo conflict lasted five years and drew in nine different countries--many of which were accused of plundering Congo's mineral resources throughout the fighting. While the new rebellion failed to oust Kabila, in 2001 he was assassinated by one of his bodyguards ...
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, wars and conflicts have claimed millions of lives and uprooted even more. But throughout the country, there are communities that are learning to transcend the traditional barriers that divide people. Listen to stories that offer a glimpse into some Congolese ...
He said the successful execution of the war of liberation and operations in Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and last year's Operation Restore Legacy were underpinned by discipline. Said Gen Sibanda: "We have seen it work very well in the war, in Mozambique, Congo (DRC), United ...
For well over a year, information coming out of the Republic of Congo's southeastern Pool region, though limited, has pointed to a brutal armed conflict with grave humanitarian consequences. In its crackdown on the Ntsiloulou rebel group, also known as the "Ninjas," the government of President Denis ...
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been affected by a latent conflict for many years, with repeated periods of calm and crisis, local NGOs play an essential role, with support from international aid organisations. This article looks at perceptions of different types of partnerships that exist, the ...
Bemba, 55, is appealing an 18-year jail term handed down by the ICC in June 2016 after judges found him guilty on five charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in atrocities committed by his troops in the Central African Republic (CAR). Once the powerful leader of the Congolese ...
The Mai-Mai became prominent as armed community militias during the Second Congo war (1998-2003). They teamed up with the Kinshasa government to battle invading troops, notably from Rwanda as well as foreign rebels. Some Mai-Mai forces never gave up the weapons they got from the regime.
UNICEF is warning that more than 400,000 children in central Congo's troubled Kasai region are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency help. The crisis is unfolding in a vast region of a central African country already plagued by poverty and conflict. An 18-month period of ...
Aid agencies estimated that 5.4 million people died as a result of war and ensuing hardship in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1998 and 2007 - more than in any other conflict since World War II. The court in The Hague said the payment would fund psychological support and job training ...
Dakar - Hunger has surged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 400,000 children at risk of starving to death due to conflict, displacement and funding shortages, aid agencies said. militia fighting that broke out in Congo's central Kasai region last year has led to an eight-fold increase in hunger, ...
A SOUTHSIDER who works in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo has told how he has been woken up by the terrifying noise of gunfire. Mark Johnson (32), from Goatstown, has been caught up in one of the world's worst humanitarian crises erupting in 2018. Over 13 million people are in need of aid ...
People fleeing the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) have reported a surge in arbitrary killings, rapes and abductions by unidentified armed groups. The violence has pushed more than 10,000 people into neighbouring Uganda since the beginning of December, according to the UN. Rebecca ...
In 1996, when war broke out in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, just 31 northern white rhinos remained in Garamba National Park, the last stronghold of this endangered species. armed militias reached the park less than a year later, and half of the park's elephants, two-thirds of its buffalos ...
The tune is just one of several that appear on two albums written and performed by civilian war victims from Congo and recently released through Warner music Canada. The albums Mon corps n'est pas une arme and Keshu ni situ mupya (Tomorrow Is a New Day) were recorded in Swahili and French, and ...
United Nations/ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Suspected militiamen killed at least 14 U.N. peacekeepers and five Congolese soldiers in an attack on a United ... Rival militia groups still control swathes of mineral-rich eastern Congo nearly a decade and a half after the official end of a 1998-2003 war that killed ...
UN chief says attack on peacekeepers in Congo is worst in recent UN history and a war crime. By The Associated Press. United Nations -- Dec 8, 2017, 10:37 AM ET. 0 Shares. email. Star. 0 Shares. Email. UN chief says attack on peacekeepers in Congo is worst in recent UN history and a war crime.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the attack on peacekeepers in Congo is the worst in the U.N.'s recent history and is "a war crime." "Today is a very tragic day for the U.N. family," the U.N. chief says. Guterres is expressing "my outrage and utter heartbreak" at Thursday night's attack, saying ...
For the second year in a row, the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been the epicenter of the worst conflict displacement crisis in the world - a crisis that outpaces the likes of the civil wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen according to human rights groups. And almost nobody is talking about it.
When I first visited eastern Congo in 2006, it was difficult to understand how anyone could be hopeful about the region's future. The Congolese had just emerged from a decade of some of the worst violence the world had known since World War II: More than 3.5 million people died as a result of conflict, ...
Kinshasa - Unidentified men in plainclothes have assaulted a group of journalists in the Republic of Congo, including an AFP reporter, as they attended a press conference ... Sassou Nguesso, 74, a former paratrooper, served as president from 1979 to 1992, returning to power in 1997 following a civil war.
She said she had been fleeing war in eastern Congo since she was a young girl, giving birth to her children in different camps within Congo as the family moved. "Our children were supposed to be in school from September until December when they close but we are worried that they are being left behind, ...
The massive uptick in internally displaced people recorded in Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Mali and Somalia throughout this year is expected to continue rising in 2018. And the number of people in need of protection assistance is likely to inflate next ...
Over 5 million died in that war. Mugabe took the side of Laurent Kabila, a revolutionary who had been installed as the new president of Congo ...
"The Congolese population has not participated in these wars," said Francisca Vigaud-Walsh, senior advocate at refugees International.
Girls in war-torn parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo are far more often sexually abused by boyfriends and parents than soldiers or ...


 

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