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02 Nov 2017 description

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Nov 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of people forced from their homes by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo have returned to their villages after months in hiding to find houses burned, health centres looted and nothing to eat, aid workers said on Wednesday.

Fighting between government forces and local militia has recently subsided in Congo's central Kasai region although violence rages on in other parts of the vast Central African country.

31 Oct 2017 description

Researchers found that the Ebola was significantly more likely to emerge in areas with surrounding forest loss

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Oct 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola outbreaks tend to occur two years after trees have been cut down or forests cleared in West and Central Africa, researchers said on Monday, suggesting that deforestation data could be used to predict outbreaks of the deadly disease.

06 Sep 2017 description

by Emma Batha | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 16:49 GMT

Thousands of people have been killed and 1.4 million uprooted in Kasai since the start of an insurrection in August 2016

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Massive aid is needed to help more than 1 million people caught up in a vicious conflict in central Congo, the head of Oxfam said on Tuesday, describing it as a "Cinderella crisis" that had been overlooked by the rest of the world.

17 Aug 2017 description

A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming, while helping them integrate with the local community

By Benson Rioba

TURKANA, Kenya, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the simmering heat of the Kalobeyei refugee settlement in northwest Kenya, Augustine Murenzi brushes soil off a maturing watermelon in his small kitchen garden.

"My house is fully furnished from these," said the Rwandan refugee, explaining how he sells his surplus melons for income, before moving on to a patch of kale.

26 Jun 2017 description

by Kizito Makoye

Practical and affordable, solar energy is being deployed on a growing scale to provide essential services for refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East

DAR ES SALAAM, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water.

15 Jun 2017 description

by Kieran Guilbert | Thomson Reuters Foundation

DAKAR, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists behind an app designed to assist doctors document evidence of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo aim to go beyond obtaining justice for rape victims and collect data which could help secure prosecutions for war crimes.

25 May 2017 description

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could spread to the neighbouring Central African Republic, where militia violence has forced thousands of people to flee across the border, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Two cases of the virus have been confirmed by the WHO in Congo's remote northeastern Bas-Uele province since early May. Four people have died so far among the 43 suspected and confirmed cases.

23 Mar 2017 description

62 countries - representing almost two-thirds of the world's population - still recognise only female victims of rape

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is an "invisible" crime, with victims reluctant to speak out for fear of being ostracised and mocked, researchers said.

23 Mar 2017 description

Newly-trained community health workers - many of them women - are making healthcare more accessible in DRC

By Christopher Clark

MBANZA-NGUNGU, Congo, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths.

15 Nov 2016 description

by Tom Gardner | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:00 GMT

New arrivals to Uganda are allocated a plot of land, can work, run businesses, and move freely around the country

By Tom Gardner

LAKE NAKIVALE, Uganda, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nyirahubinka Maria, a Congolese refugee and mother of two, lives in "New Congo", the oldest and largest of 86 small villages scattered over the plains and low rising hills that surround Lake Nakivale in southwest Uganda.

12 Nov 2016 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 11 November 2016 10:54 GMT

Three fifths of the 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year lived in just 10 countries

By Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sixty percent of the world's 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, said a study published on Friday, prompting calls for action to reduce the mortality.

09 Jun 2016 description

by Katy Migiro | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 9 June 2016 11:46 GMT

NAIROBI, June 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malaria in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is "out of control" with many parents letting their sick children die at home because they cannot afford treatment, a medical charity said as it ramps up its emergency response.

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24 Apr 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:41 GMT
Author: Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday signed a landmark $200 million deal with donors to tackle deforestation and reduce carbon emissions as part of a wider plan to protect the tropical forests of the Congo Basin.

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13 Apr 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:09 GMT

By Magdalena Mis

LONDON, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of people in developing countries are at risk of going without even the most basic health services as a result of low domestic health spending and slow growth in international aid for health, experts said on Wednesday.

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10 Mar 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:52 GMT

By Magdalena Mis

LONDON, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is stepping up efforts to combat rape in a bid to shake off the label of being the "rape capital of the world", the presidential adviser on sexual violence said on Thursday.

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29 Dec 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:01 GMT

Author: Tom Esslemont

LONDON, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - There's one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence - that the new year will usher in rising humanitarian needs.

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