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15 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona

When stockpiles of yellow fever vaccine run low, partial doses are effective, according to a new study.

The report on the vaccine, which currently is in short supply, comes as officials in Brazil attempt to contain an outbreak with what they describe as the largest-ever mass vaccination campaign using partial doses.

Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in tropical Africa and South and Central America. Severe cases can cause jaundice and death, but most cases involve fever, muscle pain and vomiting.

06 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

February 05, 2018 7:45 PM
Ken Schwartz

An eruption of ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 24 people and left hundreds of homes burned to the ground.

Congolese officials say the fighting exploded late last week in the Ituri province between Hema and Lendu ethnic groups.

It is unclear what set off the fighting, but the two groups have been bitter enemies for decades.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the DRC says it will assess the situation.

27 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

ABA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Since South Sudan's government captured a rebel base last week in the country's southwest, hundreds of refugees have poured into Democratic Republic of Congo.

Among them may be rebels, and the Congolese army, wary of conflict spilling into their nation, is arresting any suspected fighters.

Refugees, however, say innocent young men are being caught up in the crackdown, too.

23 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

Jason Patinkin

ABA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — In the Meri refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 30,000 South Sudanese refugees yearn to return to their homeland, which has been ripped apart by a four-year civil war.

The new cease-fire signed Thursday between the government of President Salva Kiir and different rebel groups should raise hopes of peace in the war-torn country.

But the refugees in Meri camp who spoke to VOA said they are not celebrating just yet.

20 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

December 20, 2017 1:37 PM
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Scientists warn a campaign to eradicate polio in central Africa is falling short because of upheaval in the Lake Chad Basin area, where the Boko Haram militant group remains active. On the positive side, on country – Gabon - has been declared polio-free.

20 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

December 20, 2017 12:39 PM
Jason Patinkin

ABA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Hundreds of South Sudanese refugees entered the Democratic Republic of Congo this week after South Sudanese government forces captured a rebel base near the border.

Amid gunfire late Sunday, South Sudanese troops entered Lasu town, which had been the rebels' second general headquarters. The rebels pulled out the next day.

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
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.

02 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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
report Voice of America

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.