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20 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By MICHAEL CHAWE

Seven Congolese refugees in Zambia died following a boat accident as they sought to escape from a transit centre north of the country, police said.

Zambia police issued a statement saying: "Seven Democratic Republic of Congo nationals have drowned on Lake Mweru in Chiengi District of Luapula Province after their boat capsized due to heavy winds."

20 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Congo's health ministry announced one new death from Ebola Sunday, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest.

Four new cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to country's health ministry most recent statement.

A total of 46 cases of the hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the current outbreak: 21 confirmed cases of Ebola, 21 probable and four suspected.

18 May 2018 description
report The Guardian

Congo has nipped Ebola in the bud before, but an experimental vaccine and testing conditions now promise a different challenge

More than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola have arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a bid to check the spread of an outbreak that is alarming experts after it travelled from a remote rural area into a million-strong city.

18 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JOSEPH ODUHA

South Sudan has restricted the movements of people and goods along its borders with the DR Congo over the Ebola spread fears.

Health minister Riek Gai Kok announced on Thursday that the risk of the Ebola spread to South Sudan was high due to the proximity between the two countries.

“While cases of Ebola Virus Disease have not yet been detected in South Sudan, the risk is high because of movement of people from DR Congo into South Sudan,” he said.

An isolation facility

17 May 2018 description
report La Prensa Gráfica

Seis familias salvadoreñas esperan que los magistrados de la Sala de lo Constitucional los amparen antes de que termine su gestión en julio.

El Centro de Monitoreo de Desplazamiento Interno (IDMC, por sus siglas en inglés) ubicó ayer a El Salvador en el décimo puesto de los países con más víctimas de desplazamiento interno por violencia. Según los datos del IDMC, El Salvador sumó 296,000 víctimas en 2017, según los datos a los que tuvo acceso y que provenían de las solicitudes de refugio en todo el mundo, denuncias de las víctimas y datos proporcionados por los mismos Gobiernos.

12 May 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By FELIX WAROM OKELLO

Health officials in West Nile have issued an alert following the outbreak of Ebola outbreak in neighboring DR Congo that has killed 17 people.

The officials said there should be screening of those crossing from DR Congo to Uganda but the porous borders with numerous illegal entry points pose a danger to the local communities.

The Acting Hospital Director Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Alex Adaku, said an infection, prevention and emergency response committee has been formed to handle any emergency cases.

12 May 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Nevashan Govender, Emergency Operations Centre Manager, National Institute for Communicable Diseases

11 May 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Chikwe Ihekweazu | Senior Honorary Lecturer on Infectious Diseases, UCL

10 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By ELIZABETH MERAB

Kenya is on a high alert following an Ebola outbreak that has killed 17 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the ministry will be conducting routine screening of all travellers at points of entry including at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), and Busia and Malaba along Kenya's border with Uganda.

“In these places, we have installed thermal guns to detect any person with elevated temperatures,” said Ms Kariuki.

07 May 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

In Summary

  • Ms Opendi said the government has secured a cholera vaccine that is already being administered to children aged one year and above in Hoima and Kyegegwa districts.
  • Recently, cholera broke out in refugee settlement camps of Kyangwali in Hoima District and Kyaka II in Kyegegwa District.

By EMMANUEL AINEBYOONA The Ministry of Health has indicated that it has not registered any new cholera case in Kampala apart from the seven cases currently receiving treatment at Naguru hospital.

03 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

By Evelyn Lirri

02 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • The security forces wanted to arrest some of their leaders accused of fuelling the on-going unrest.

  • The camp is yet to have new leadership after MIDIMAR on Monday disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for the camp.

  • Tension simmered in late April when police intensified security at the camp and its environs.

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

The Rwanda police have arrested 23 DR Congolese refugees following clashes with the security forces at Kiziba camp on Tuesday.

01 May 2018 description
report Internews Network

As World Press Freedom Day takes place in Ghana May 3, Internews Regional Director for Africa addresses the challenges to media freedom facing the continent

It’s difficult to talk about freedom of the media in Africa today, without talking about the worrying events happening in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. Restrictions of and challenges to the media in these countries illustrate current declines in media freedom at the regional level, and reveal a level of hostility toward the media and contraction of civic space openly encouraged by leaders.

01 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The move comes amid last week’s reports of rising tensions that saw the government deploy security organs to the Kiziba camp
- The food protest in February had over 10 refugees shot dead and several others injured in a clash with the police
- More than 22 suspected ringleaders were currently facing justice

By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE

Rwanda has disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for Kiziba camp over accusations of fuelling unrest.

01 May 2018 description

In February police killed at least five refugees and injured 20 at the camp after protests over cuts in food rations turned violent

By Clement Uwiringiyimana

KIGALI, April 30 (Reuters) - Rwandan police fired teargas on Monday at refugees and injured at least one child after senior police officers and government officials visiting their camp were pelted with stones, the refugees said.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

28 Apr 2018 description

by Reuters
Friday, 27 April 2018 16:15 GMT

The latest clashes began on Monday

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, April 27 (Reuters) - At least 47 people drowned when their boat capsized as they fled clashes between soldiers in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo and armed men who had crossed the border from neighbouring Congo Republic, a provincial governor said on Friday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

25 Apr 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Joyce Nganga

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 2018 (IPS) - Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs.

17 Apr 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

INONGO, Democratic Republic of Congo, Apr 17 2018 (IPS) - Thousands of logs loaded into makeshift boats at the port of Inongo at Lake Mai-Ndombe stand ready to be transported to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Inongo is the provincial capital of the Mai-Ndombe Province, a 13-million-hectare area located some 650 km northeast of Kinshasa. The logs have been illegally cut from the Mai-Ndombe forest, an area of 10 million hectares, which has some trees measuring between 35 and 45 meters.

12 Apr 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Nadine Ansorg | Lecturer in International Conflict Analysis, University of Kent

11 Apr 2018 description
report Voice of America

April 11, 2018 9:15 AM
Lisa Schlein

GENEVA — The United Nations says it hopes the Democratic Republic of Congo will attend a donors’ conference in Geneva later this week aimed at raising $1.7 billion for life-saving aid. DRC authorities say they will boycott the conference because the UN’s description of Congo’s humanitarian crisis as “catastrophic” is false and gives the country “a bad image.”