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25 Jul 2018 description
report The Guardian

With the recent outbreak declared over in little more than two months, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health minister explains how a major crisis was avoided

The ninth and latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now over. I did not think I would be able to utter these words so soon after it all started on 8 May. This outbreak, the most challenging the country has ever faced, had all the makings of a major crisis.

09 Jul 2018 description
report The Guardian

Sam Mednick in Goma
Mon 9 Jul 2018 05.58 EDT

Beset by political and economic turmoil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo faces a fresh threat in the form of brutal abductors who hold children to ransom

It’s been a year since Chantal buried her eight-year-old son. “I lost my mind that day,” says the 46-year-old, wiping tears from her cheeks.

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18 May 2018 description
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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.

12 Oct 2017 description
report The Guardian

Congo is a nation of sisterhood and solidarity. We are changing our country from within, risking our lives to speak out and taking up the political fight against sexual violence – rather than just taking notes while men speak
Justine Masika Bihamba

I grew up in Goma, near the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country where sexual violence is notoriously widespread.

04 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

24 Jul 2017 description
report The Guardian

South Sudan has the largest number of child soldiers in Africa. Most are still fighting, but efforts are being made to disarm and reintegrate them into society

David Zelu, not yet 16 years old, looks up, smiles, and stretches his arms to the sky where the sun is finally breaking through the clouds. The rain that has hammered on the wooden roof of the small hut he shares with four other teenagers has passed. Crows wheel overhead, and small thin children jump in puddles.

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.

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14 Jun 2017 description
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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.

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15 Jan 2017 description
report The Guardian

Editorial

A former abductee’s trial for war crimes highlights the problem of children enlisted or seized by armed forces or groups. But change is possible

07 Dec 2016 description
report The Guardian

Officially, sexual violence has declined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dubbed the ‘rape capital of the world’. But frontline workers tell a different story

Ruth Maclean in Goma

The mothers of Kavumu hardly sleep. But on rainy nights, they don’t even try. The rain pounds on their tin roofs so noisily that they worry they won’t hear rapists breaking in to steal their daughters. So they sit up all night, just watching their front doors.

30 Sep 2016 description
report The Guardian

Sarah Boseley Health editor

Exclusive: Bank chief Jim Yong Kim vows to expose governments that fail to tackle malnourishment as part of mission to rid world of stunting by 2030

The president of the World Bank has warned he will name and shame countries that fail to tackle the malnourishment and poor growth of their children, as part of a mission to rid the world of stunting.

20 Aug 2016 description
report The Guardian

Anna Patton

The country’s unusual open policy gives refugees land, education and a chance to work – but instability in neighbouring nations is putting pressure on resources

When they fled to Kampala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2008, Robert Hakiza’s family had food for two months. “The third month was a disaster,” he says. By May, though, his mother and two sisters were out making money. “My sister started selling necklaces,” he says. “At one point, she was keeping the entire family of eight.”

15 Apr 2016 description
report The Guardian

Attackers are entering refugee camps in Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to hunt down opponents and their relatives

By Emma Graham-Harrison in Nyarugusu

Teams of thugs are slipping out of Burundi and into refugee camps in neighbouring countries to launch murderous attacks on exiles, as government militias’ campaign of terror spills over the country’s borders, survivors say.

02 Mar 2016 description
report The Guardian

By Zainab Hawa Bangura and Melanne Verveer

From Iraq to Bosnia, women are abused in war. We need to implement the laws we already have to protect women and seek justice that empowers survivors

10 Feb 2016 description
report The Guardian

By Aidan McQuade

Child labour is, unhappily, sometimes the best option available for very poor families. Yet when children are enslaved, no one cares for their best interests

24 Jan 2016 description
report The Guardian

After setting up a successful savings group pilot in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Children in Crisis share tips for other NGOs starting a VSLA

Amy Parker and Koy Thomson

After it generated more than an average 40% return on investment for savers, showed evidence of benefits for women and reducing tension between ethnic groups, we are scaling up our pilot village savings and loans association (VSLA) programme in the isolated, conflict-affected region of South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

03 Feb 2015 description
report The Guardian

The Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes an unlikely haven for thousands as murder and rape force mass exodus from Central African Republic

In a narrow canoe hollowed out from a tree trunk, a teenager, Valentine Pasi, her baby son and five young brothers-in-law ended their desperate race to safety across the Ubangi river. Behind them were the murders, rapes and desolation of home. Ahead of them, profound uncertainty.

22 Jan 2015 description
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Despite some success, women in DRC striving to help resolve the country’s conflicts are hindered by cultural constraints and entrenched gender roles

Sitting at a table in a dimly lit restaurant in Goma, Chantal Rugenera Kambibi reflects on the challenges faced by Congolese women involved in peacekeeping.

11 Nov 2014 description
report The Guardian

The weekly detonation draws a crowd as specialists explode military waste spanning 40 years that litters areas used for farming and fishing

26 Jun 2014 description
report The Guardian

The US has announced it is to increase its humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic (CAR) by $51m (£30m) this year, bringing the total funding to $118m (£69m).

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