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12 Jun 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:24 GMT

Author: Katie Nguyen

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lost records, insufficient evidence, poor roads that cut off access to remote areas where crimes are taking place, long delays in the judicial process.

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11 Jun 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:34 GMT
Author: Emma Batha

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The use of rape in war is as destructive as the use of chemical weapons, a Congolese doctor said on Tuesday at a global summit on sexual violence in conflict.

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02 Jun 2014 description
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Katie Nguyen

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was five in the morning when Congolese police came to arrest Faith, beating her small children with their guns and leading her husband outside, never to be seen again.

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13 May 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 12 May 2014 02:32 PM
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young children are being left behind in Kenya while their parents are deported or sent to camps, rights groups said, as police have rounded up thousands of immigrants in an anti-terrorist operation.

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26 Mar 2014 description
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Author: Kayode Ogunbunmi

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A lack of clear-cut and secure land rights means people from post-conflict African countries are prevented from getting the most out of the land they rely upon for their survival.

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28 Mar 2013 description
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Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:07 GMT

Source: Alertnet // Megan Rowling

(Updates with fresh information from ICRC)

By Megan Rowling

LONDON (AlertNet) - Humanitarian officials have called for an end to looting in Central African Republic (CAR) after United Nations and aid groups’ premises were robbed and damaged during a coup by rebel forces who seized power in the capital Bangui on Sunday.

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18 Dec 2012 description
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LONDON (AlertNet) - Ali, a Somali refugee living in Uganda's capital Kampala, has a thriving mini-supermarket selling rice, canned food, ice cream and soap among other items, while Martin, a Congolese refugee, runs a busy tailor’s shop.

The two men are lucky because Uganda allows refugees to work as part of a “self-reliance” strategy based on the simple logic that this is better for the host nation’s economy than putting them into camps where they have to rely on aid handouts.

22 Nov 2012 description
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LONDON (AlertNet) - Rebel forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vowed on Wednesday to "liberate" all of the vast central African country as they began seizing towns near the Rwandan border.The M23 rebels, widely believed to be backed by Rwanda, captured the eastern city of Goma on Tuesday forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee; United Nations peacekeepers simply looked on, after Congolese troops had quit the town.

10 Oct 2012 description
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By Katie Nguyen

LONDON (AlertNet) - Some refuse to sleep indoors, preferring to camp in the open even after they have returned home from the bush. Others eat raw food, unable to stomach hot meals.

For children kidnapped from remote Congolese villages by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels from northern Uganda, there's also anger, sleeplessness and sadness to cope with when they are finally reunited with their families.

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01 Oct 2012 description
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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:15 GMT
Source: Alertnet // Laurie Goering

By Laurie Goering

LONDON (AlertNet) - A shortage of job opportunities has slowed migration from rural to urban areas in many parts of Africa over the last two decades, and has even reversed it in a few cases, an expert on African demography says.

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17 Sep 2012 description
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By Isaiah Esipisu

ADDIS ABABA (AlertNet) – In the sprawling estate of Gurara on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, women farmers are busy working on a two-hectare plot where they grow fruit and vegetables.

The piece of land allocated to the Gurara Women’s Association by the government is a source of income for some 200 city dwellers.

18 Jul 2012 description
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By Ed Stoddard and Joe Bavier

JOHANNESBURG/ABIDJAN, July 18 (Reuters) - Months of unrest in Congo's volatile but resource-rich east is hampering an international push to curb the traffic of gold, tin and other metals by rebel groups, efforts which campaigners say are key to ending violence and encouraging legitimate mining.

International organisations such as the OECD and the United Nations, and pressure groups including the Enough Project and Global Witness, want to cut the rebels' access to funds by insisting that companies do due diligence on metals they buy.

25 Nov 2011 description
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By Emma Batha

LONDON (TrustLaw) - A Congolese doctor, who has treated thousands of survivors of horrific sexual violence, has called for the government to pay reparations to women raped by soldiers.

Denis Mukwege, who runs a hospital for rape victims in the east of the country, also said the government should do more to prosecute rapists, including high-ranking officers, and to end the culture of impunity.

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21 Nov 2011 description
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By Alex Whiting

LONDON (AlertNet) – The international community’s efforts to increase the number of rape convictions in Democratic Republic of Congo have created unfair trials and led to growing numbers of false convictions, according to a new documentary.

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21 Nov 2011 description
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Source: alertnet // James Stapleton

Goma, 18 November 2011 – Village leaders in the eastern Congolese village of Mweso are trying to scare internally displaced persons (IDPs) into leaving camps as an attempt to expropriate land, according to JRS Great Lakes.

The local leaders are manipulating recent announcements by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), JRS continued, spreading the message that IDPs will no longer receive any food assistance and must leave the camps.

16 Nov 2011 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Aid agencies in Democratic Republic of Congo are running short of funds to respond to a cholera outbreak that has hit eight out of 11 provinces, the United Nations has said.

Cholera has infected around 17,500 people and killed 508 in the vast central African nation since the start of the year, according to the Congolese ministry of health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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09 Nov 2011 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - The most active volcano in Africa has erupted but the lives of the people in settlements near Mount Nyamulagira in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are not in danger, Radio Okapi has reported.

Experts say that although the volcano is barely 40 kilometres northwest of the city of Goma, there are as yet no plans to evacuate the population.

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03 Nov 2011 description
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By Megan Rowling

LONDON (AlertNet) - This month's elections in Democratic Republic of Congo are unlikely to resolve years of conflict, weak state institutions and a lack of capacity to address people's basic needs, a report from humanitarian research group DARA said.

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31 Oct 2011 description
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31 Oct 2011 17:29 Source: Alertnet // George Esunge Fominyen

By George Esunge Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Thousands of women and girls who have been abducted by armed groups, enslaved and repeatedly raped during conflicts across Africa are left without support when the war ends, experts say.

After the bullets have stopped flying, peacekeepers and governments focus on disarming fighters – who are usually men and boys - and helping them to return home and reintegrate into their communities.

11 Oct 2011 description
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11 Oct 2011 16:48

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – A cholera epidemic sweeping through West and Central Africa has infected more than 85,000 people and killed at least 2,466 since the start of the year, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by bacteria contaminating food or water, prompting diarrhoea and vomiting. If left untreated, infected people can die of dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours.