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18 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)

Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.

18 Jul 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationSamuel Totten, Professor Emeritus, University of Arkansas

15 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say a group of men armed with guns and knives attacked the capital's main market, killing at least two people and wounding six police officers.

A police spokesman, Pierrot Mwanamputu, said unidentified assailants killed the administrator of Kinshasa's central market, as well as a police officer. He said six other officers were seriously injured in the attack and taken to a nearby hospital.

The spokesman said the situation is now under control and one of the attackers has been arrested.

12 Jul 2017 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:02 GMT

KINSHASA, July 12 (Reuters) - The United Nations has identified an additional 38 probable mass graves in Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region, it said on Wednesday, bringing the total to at least 80 since the outbreak of an insurrection last August.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

12 Jul 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationEric Osor, Medical Epidemiologist, Washington State University

The World Health Organisation recently declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

08 Jul 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Fighting between rebels and government troops in East Congo most of all affects children and youths. They risk missing out on an education, warns World Vision.

More than 500 boys and girls have been recruited as child soldiers, according to the World Vision international child aid organization. Hundreds of cases of sexual abuse have been reported. More then 55,000 internally displaced persons have reached Tshikapa, the biggest city in the Kasai region. DW spoke to World Vision spokesman Ekkehard Forberg about the volatile situation.

07 Jul 2017 description

By Aaron Ross

KINSHASA, July 6 (Reuters) - A Democratic Republic of Congo court convicted seven soldiers on Thursday for the murder of suspected militia members in the country's insurrection-ravaged Kasai region.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

27 Jun 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Refugee Solidarity summit in Kampala brought in pledges of $358.6m (Ushs1.25 trillion), which although was praised by President Museveni and the UN Secretary General António Guterres as a good starting point, is still far less of the earlier intended goal by $1.6b (Ushs5 trillion).

  • The lukewarm response to Uganda’s solidarity with a refugee population of close to 1.3 million refugees out of which 950,000 are from South Sudan, is a reflection of the growing void in humanitarian aid funding for the South Sudan crisis.

26 Jun 2017 description

More than 3,000 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and militia fighters

KINSHASA, June 26 (Reuters) - Congolese authorities have identified 10 more mass graves in a region where the military and militia fighters accuse each other of summary executions and burials.

The 10 new graves announced by the military on Monday bring to 52 the total number of such sites found in the Kasai region since the start of an insurrection last August by the Kamuina Nsapu militia which wants the withdrawal of military forces from the area.

22 Jun 2017 description
report The Guardian

In a country where abuse and sexual violence are rife, a local police chief is on a mission to safeguard children and women from harm

Hannah Summers

When Honorine Munyole visits a group of local women in the city of Bukavu, the police officer gets a welcome fit for a hero.

Read more on the Guardian

22 Jun 2017 description

Several students sitting exams wounded in an explosion at a school

By Aaron Ross

KINSHASA, June 22 (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in heavy firefights between the army and militia fighters on Thursday, and several students sitting exams were wounded in an explosion at a school, local activists said.

21 Jun 2017 description
report Al Jazeera

By Marco Gualazzini

In eastern DRC, an outpost of hope provides medical, psychological and social help to marginalised victims.

North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - During the "Second Congo War", which began in 1998 in eastern DRC, sexual violence was used systematically as a weapon of war.

20 Jun 2017 description
report Mail and Guardian

Uganda is the largest host country of refugees in Africa and the third largest in the world, after welcoming an average of 2 000 displaced men, women and children every day for the past 11 months.

The new statistics, released on Monday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, come less than a week before Uganda’s Solidarity Summit on Refugees – a conference aimed to mobilise international support for those affected by the South Sudanese Civil War.

20 Jun 2017 description

Church officials have accused militia of killing hundreds of people, destroying four villages and attacking church property

KINSHASA, June 20 (Reuters) - Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence.

Church officials, citing their own sources in the remote territory bordering Angola, said the army had destroyed 10 villages as it sought to stamp out an insurrection.

20 Jun 2017 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By RAJAB MUKOMBOZI

ISINGIRO-Refugees in Nakivale Resettlement in Isingiro District are crying foul following a food crisis that has hit the camp.

The refugees depend on food given by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and harvests from land given to them to supplement food supplies.

But recently food rations by UNHCR were reduced and this has been worsened by persistent drought that has been experienced in the district.

17 Jun 2017 description
report Mail and Guardian

The Nigerian Defense Ministry official described how the authorities had built ditches around schools and installed security lighting and set up roadblocks to keep Boko Haram fighters from invading schools and carrying off students and teachers. She explained how the government has moved thousands of students in the most heavily-affected areas to safer areas to allow them to finish their studies free from fear and attack.

16 Jun 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 16 June 2017 14:26 GMT

UN has reported a surge this year in LRA abductions of girls and boys around the ages of 12 or 13

By Tom Miles

GENEVA, June 16 (Reuters) - The outlawed Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has stepped up attacks in Democratic Republic of Congo close to the South Sudanese border as a U.S.-supported regional task force pulls out, the U.N. humanitarian office said in a report on Friday.

14 Jun 2017 description
report The Guardian

Cases of polio have been reduced by more than 99.9% since 1988, but complete eradication is proving elusive

Ruth Maclean in Dakar

Two separate outbreaks of polio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have set back global efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.

Read more on the Guardian

11 Jun 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Author Antonio Cascais (cm)

June 12 is the World Day Against Child Labour. The UN estimates that 168 million children are being put to work globally. Many of them are in Africa, particularly in the Congo, where cobalt mining by children is rampant.

According to the UN children's agency, UNICEF, about 40,000 children work in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For a shift of up to 24 hours underground, most earn less than $2 (1.80 euro) a day - many receive half of that.

07 Jun 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Linda Flood

NEW YORK, Jun 7 2017 (IPS) - The United Nations is stepping up pressure on Congo to ascertain the reasons for the brutal murder of Swedish Zaida Catalán who was investigating human rights abuses in the country. “The latest news is that the inquiry will continue” says Carl Skau, Sweden’s ambassador to the UN.