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Congo Vows Zero Tolerance Over Child Soldiers After U.S. Anti-Trafficking Nod

Congo Vows Zero Tolerance Over Child Soldiers After U.S. Anti-Trafficking Nod

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must do more to end the use of child soldiers by the military and armed groups, its human rights minister said after the U.S. government commended the country’s progress on fighting human trafficking. The central African nation was upgraded last week in the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons […]

Women Face The Hit As Congo Faces Triple Threat Of Coronavirus, Ebola And Measles

Women Face The Hit As Congo Faces Triple Threat Of Coronavirus, Ebola And Measles

As measles, coronavirus and Ebola hit the Democratic Republic of Congo, women face stigma and delayed sexual health treatment As the world races to stem the coronavirus, Democratic Republic of Congo is racing to also stop the spread of measles and a new outbreak of Ebola, leaving women delaying reproductive health needs, aid groups warned. […]

World Food Day : Global Index Finds Climate Change Driving ‘Alarming’ Hunger Levels

World Food Day : Global Index Finds Climate Change Driving ‘Alarming’ Hunger Levels

Central African Republic topped an annual world hunger index on Tuesday as aid agencies warned that climate change was making it increasingly hard to feed the world. Aid agency Concern Worldwide, which co-compiles the Global Hunger Index, said progress towards a 2030 zero hunger target agreed by world leaders was “under threat or is being […]

Gender Norms Built Into Sexual Violence Programmes In The DRC Need A Rethink

Gender Norms Built Into Sexual Violence Programmes In The DRC Need A Rethink

Sexual and gender-based violence is an enormous problem in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The international focus has been on rape by armed actors, rather than on sexual and gender-based violence more broadly. As result initiatives have concentrated on combating perpetrators’ impunity and providing medical, legal, psychosocial and economic aid to survivors. But in recent years organisations […]

Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Faces War Crimes Judgment at Hague Court

Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Faces War Crimes Judgment at Hague Court

The International Criminal Court is to hand down a verdict in the trial of a former Congolese general on Monday. Bosco Ntaganda has been charged with crimes including using child soldiers and rape. Ntaganda has been charged with 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his involvement in alleged atrocities carried out […]

Girls’ Lives Shattered By Attacks On Schools In DRC

Girls’ Lives Shattered By Attacks On Schools In DRC

Girls suffered sexual violence and other abuses when armed groups attacked hundreds of schools during the 2016-2017 Kasai conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in a report released today. The violence affected all children, but girls were particularly harmed, used as “magical” forces that […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Outbreak ‘Worsening;’ Over 1,000 Dead

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Outbreak ‘Worsening;’ Over 1,000 Dead

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is “worsening” and has killed more than 1,000 people. IFRC said Saturday that in the past week, 23 cases were reported in one day, a record number since the start of the outbreak […]

Congo Arrests Rebel Leader Wanted For Mass Rape

Congo Arrests Rebel Leader Wanted For Mass Rape

A Congolese rebel leader accused of orchestrating mass rapes and other atrocities has been caught, Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said on Thursday. Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko, leader of the widely feared Raia Mutomboki militia, was captured on Tuesday in South Kivu’s Shabunda territory after being wounded in a firefight, army spokesman Dieudonne Kasereka said. Raia […]

$80 Million Raised To Fight Ebola In DRC

$80 Million Raised To Fight Ebola In DRC

The World Bank, supported by Japan, Germany and Australia, has allocated up to U.S. $80 million in grants over the next six months to help fight Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The grants will cover more than half the cost of the DRC government’s drive to end the current Ebola outbreak. The […]

Pregnant Women Exposed To Ebola Should Get Vaccine – WHO

Pregnant Women Exposed To Ebola Should Get Vaccine – WHO

An independent advisory body convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends pregnant women and breastfeeding women in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo be vaccinated against the deadly Ebola virus. Latest WHO figures put the number of Ebola cases in the DRC at 853, including 521 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak in August. […]

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