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BUNIA, Democratic Republic of Congo - The last thing 11-year-old Mave Grace saw before falling unconscious was men with machetes cutting open her pregnant mother's belly and killing the unborn child. When Mave woke she was surrounded by dead bodies. Her left hand was cut off just above the wrist.
Even in the remote green forested valleys and hills of the far east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the battle took place, few paid much attention. Such scrappy, bloody confrontations have become an almost daily occurrence. Bullets shattered Kapitu's right arm and damaged his intestines ...

But Rochelle's extreme youth didn't spare her from the anger and rage of the militia who stormed her village in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo last month. Her face has a deep scar stretching across it, just missing her left eye and there is a wound on the top of her skull where her attacker ...
For many living in the region, the fresh outbreak of violence sparks painful memories of an “ethnic” war between Lendu and Hema that spanned 1998 to 2003, part of a series of conflicts all across eastern Congo that left millions dead from violence, hunger, and disease. Three warlords from Ituri Province ...
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa last week took his election campaign begging bowl to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila, where the two leaders also discussed the political and security situation in their countries and Zimbabwe's long-standing demand for US$1 billion ...
Nor are these “long wars” – which could include Somalia (at war since 1991) or Libya (since 2011) or Mali (since 2012) – restricted to the Islamic world. There is South Sudan, where a vicious four-year-old civil war is intensifying, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where more protests ended in ...

The second deadly attack in a month happened where land disputes have reignited a long-dormant ethnic conflict and caused thousands to flee. .... Swiss director Milo Rau's portrayal of the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been described as "the most ambitious political theater ever made.
The geopolitical situations in the Great Lakes region, currently characterised by damaged relations between neighbouring countries and a political impasse inside the Democratic Republic of Congo could plunge the region into another conflict. Last week, at least 72 people were killed in renewed fighting ...
We're in the Kasai region – an area the size of Germany – for the past 18 months riven by a conflict that is, worryingly to all observers, taking an increasingly tribal and ethnic dimension. One and half million people have been forced from their homes and farms. That accounts for the hunger. But it doesn't ...
These factors sparked the world's deadliest war since WWII in Congo from 1998-2003, and they could do so again according to a deep dive from the Economist. Why it matters: Seven years into a five year term, President Joseph Kabila is weak and deeply unpopular. “His authority is disintegrating. And with it, central Africa ...
If a neighbouring power were to intervene, it would not be the first time for the Congo. In the First Congo War (1996-97), Angola, Uganda and Rwanda all invaded successfully and ended the regime of President Mobutu. In the Second Congo War (1998-2003), those same three countries again sent their ...
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, ...
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 ...
Sparked by the Second Congo War, fighting between the two tribes shook the region between 1999 and 2003, during which an estimated 60,000 people were killed and 500,000 displaced. Violence continued in the region until 2007 after which Ituri has enjoyed a relative peace. Though it has been ...
Congolese security forces and armed groups have killed thousands of civilians in the past two years, adding to at least six million Congolese who have died from conflict-related causes over the past two decades – making the conflict in Congo the world's deadliest since World War II. Today, some 4.5 ...
Speaking in the House of Lords, Archbishop Welby said that he had spoken to the Archbishop of Congo this week, and was reminded that “the war has created two million refugees who are now living in conditions of immeasurable suffering, and four million casualties over the past 20 years.” Last month ...
The United Nations refugee agency is warning hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid an escalation in violence in the country's southeast region in recent months. Survivors report killings and rape by armed militias. This is Congolese ...

If a neighbouring power were to intervene, it would not be the first time for the Congo. In the First Congo War (1996-97), Angola, Uganda and Rwanda all invaded successfully and ended the regime of President Mobutu. In the Second Congo War (1998-2003), those same three countries again sent their ...
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a reputation, and it's not a good one. The region was colonised by the Belgians then ruled by the infamous King Leopold in the late 19th century, when the local population was used as slave labour for rubber production. Independence in 1960 left the country ...
With over 4 million civilians forced from home by conflict, Congo is now the African country with the highest number of displaced people. “The people have been wounded, crushed,” says Mgr Marcel Utembi, President of the Congolese Bishops' Conference. “Now they need to be accompanied.” Congo is a ...
The 1994 Rwandan genocide catalyzed two catastrophic wars in the DRC (then Zaire), the second of which was dubbed “Africa's World War” due to the involvement of nine African nations and a death toll between 2.7 and 5.4 million. And in many ways, the Second Congo War never really ended—as ...
A spokesperson for the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday that entrenched intercommunal conflict between several ethnic groups in Tanganyika province was "triggering spiraling displacement and human rights abuses". "Moreover, fierce clashes between the Congolese armed forces and ...
Segabiro said he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the Congo war, and believed the girl was trying to poison him, police said. They found Nyanzanika's body in the bathroom. police said Segabiro's wife, Feza, and three children, ages 10, 6 and 4, were asleep in their ... murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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, ... murder
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, ... murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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. murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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, ... murder
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. murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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. ... murder
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. murder
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 ... murder
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?'”. murder
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. murder
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, ... murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder
"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 ... murder
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 ... murder
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 ... murder


 

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