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05 Nov 2017 description
report Voice of America

The Democratic Republic of Congo's long-awaited presidential elections have been scheduled for December of 2018, the Electoral Commission president announced Sunday.

The DRC was due to have elections in 2016, but the national elections commissioner has said elections this year are not possible due to the ongoing conflict in the Kasai region and the need for a national registry of eligible voters. Long-time president Joseph Kabila has refused to step down even though his second term expired last December.

08 Oct 2017 description
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GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Militants ambushed a group of about 30 civilians in northeastern Congo and killed many of them before fighting a fierce battle with the army, politicians said on Sunday.

The attack took place near the city of Beni and, if the deaths are confirmed, would be the first mass-killing this year in that area. It has seen relative peace since more than 800 people were killed in dozens of massacres between 2014 and 2016.

29 Jul 2017 description
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Sora Halake

Last year, aid agencies and the Kenyan government set up a new settlement for refugees in the northwestern town of Kalobeyei. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) made a point of saying that Kalobeyei would not be a refugee camp. Instead, it would be an "integrated community," where refugees and local residents could do business together, live in harmony and access services offered by UNHCR through local partners.

But for Galgalo Arero, an Ethiopian refugee and father of three, the real Kalobeyei is very different than the dream.

15 Jul 2017 description
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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.

02 Jun 2017 description
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By William Clowes

KINSHASA, CONGO — The voters of the Democratic Republic of Congo should have gone to the polls last November to choose their new head of state.

Instead, presidential and parliamentary elections were not organized, and shortly afterward, on December 19, President Joseph Kabila's second and, according to the constitution, final term expired.

Deal struck

24 May 2017 description
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By John Tanza

State authorities in South Sudan closed part of their border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo last week in an effort to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak, declared by the World Health Organization in a remote, northern part of the DRC two weeks ago.

The WHO has confirmed that four people have died from the disease in the DRC. Lino Utu, deputy governor of Tambura state, said the movement of people and goods between the two countries at the border town of Ezo had been restricted until further notice.

08 Feb 2017 description
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By Lisa Schlein

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The U.N. refugee agency warns conditions in camps for Burundian refugees in countries of asylum are deteriorating and more land is urgently needed to accommodate the growing number of new refugee arrivals.

Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are hosting more than 386,000 Burundian refugees. The U.N. refugee agency expects that number to exceed 1.5 million this year as refugees continue to flee political instability and abuse in Burundi.

20 Dec 2016 description
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Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi said Tuesday people should not recognize the "illegal and illegitimate authority" of President Joseph Kabila, whose term in office expired without him stepping down and with no elections in sight.

In a video posted on YouTube, Tshisekedi further urged people to "peacefully resist" what he said was a coup d'etat backed by the country's constitutional court.

09 Dec 2016 description
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KINSHASA, CONGO - The Catholic Church is hosting last-minute negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo in hopes a crisis can be avoided when President Joseph Kabila’s second term ends December 19.

On December 8, Archbishop Marcel Utembi, the archbishop of Kisangani, told 30 Congolese politicians that their mission is to forge “a larger consensus around the electoral process.”

07 Dec 2016 description
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KINSHASA, D.R.C. — December 19 marks the end of President Joseph Kabila's second five-year term in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and many in the country are nervous as the date approaches.

04 Aug 2016 description
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Lameck Masina

LILONGWE, MALAWI—The U.S. Army is training southern African soldiers involved in peacekeeping missions and disaster relief operations.

Nearly 200 military personnel from seven countries are taking part in the Southern Accord — an annual two-week training that kicked off Tuesday in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe.

Brigadier General Jon Jensen, deputy commanding officer for U.S. Army Africa, told reporters in Lilongwe that for the first time, this year's training includes how to effectively respond to natural disasters.

02 Oct 2015 description
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Nick Long

KISORO, UGANDA—Researchers say they've found evidence to help explain why farmers in Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not adopting new agricultural technologies. Two recent studies found that samples of so-called improved seeds and fertilizer being marketed or distributed in the region were of low quality and hardly worth buying.

In most parts of the world, crop yields have increased by between three and five times in the past 40 years, but in sub-Saharan Africa they have stagnated.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Nick Long

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO—The Democratic Republic of Congo is trying out a large-scale agricultural plan that is, to say the least, ambitious. The government plans to develop one mega-farm of 50,000 to 150,000 hectares per province — producing food for local consumption and also export crops. The government says the aim is to promote food security.

The park at Boukanga Lonzo currently has 5,000 hectares under cultivation. The site is on a plateau, and crops already stretch as far as the eye can see.

29 Jun 2015 description
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Nick Long

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO— The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has launched a training program for former child combatants and victims of sexual violence.

Nearly 80 people crammed into a small village hall Friday in Nyiragongo territory in eastern Congo to witness the signing of an agreement to help young victims, and perpetrators, of recent violence rebuild their lives.

24 Jun 2015 description
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Nick Long
June 23, 2015 11:30 AM

GOMA, DRC— In the Democratic Republic of Congo many teachers are paid months late if they are paid at all. In remote areas, teacher salaries are distributed by the Catholic Church run organization Caritas, which some politicians and teachers suggest is not up to the task. But Caritas defends its record and says the real problems lie elsewhere.

08 May 2015 description
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Nick Long

May 07, 2015 12:52 PM

BENI, DRC— The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has called for more cooperation with the Congolese army, after two peacekeepers were killed and 13 wounded in an ambush in Beni territory near the Ugandan border. The mission says the Ugandan Islamist ADF rebels are suspected of carrying out the attack, and has warned other groups against collaborating with terrorism.

The call follows two attacks on the mission in Beni territory this week.

23 Apr 2015 description
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Nick Long

GOMA, DRC— Aid agencies say more than 60,000 people have fled their homes amid renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) province of North Kivu in the past month. But the number of displaced people in the province is falling, and the government plans to close down several of their resettlement camps around the provincial capital Goma.

Like thousands of other people, Justin Masudi, 62, and his family have been living in a tent at the Mugunga 3 camp outside Goma since 2008.

01 Jan 2015 description
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Gabe Joselow January 01, 2015 9:53 AM

NAIROBI, KENYA— One of the longest-standing rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a Friday deadline to disarm or face military action from U.N. peacekeepers and Congolese armed forces. Some members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, FDLR, reportedly have surrendered, but the international community says it is not enough.

In July, regional heads of state gave the FDLR six months to fully disarm or face military action. That deadline comes January 2.

15 Sep 2014 description
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Peter Clottey
Last updated on: September 14, 2014 3:18 PM

The leader of the Mai Mai Kifuafua rebel movement said he needs assurances from the Democratic of Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government that it will protect unarmed civilians in the territory the group controls before his 2,800 members will hand over their weapons under the administration’s peace effort program.

22 Aug 2014 description
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Peter Clottey

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) sent its Ebola virus expert to Liberia to help combat the disease following an official request by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, according to DRC information minister Lambert Mende.

Mende said President Joseph Kabila has made available Prof J.J. Muyembe, Director of the National Institute for Biomedical Research-INRB, and professor of Microbiology, Kinshasa University medical school, available to Liberia following an official request by the government in Monrovia.