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Fighting Against The Stigma Of Rape

Fighting Against The Stigma Of Rape

About 20 women are crammed into a barren area in the village of Munigi at the foot of Mount Nyiragongo in eastern Congo. Aside from tables and chairs, there are only two sewing machines here, which are to be used for training purposes. Trucks rattle past the open door. Some of the women have brought […]

Congo Talks Near Deal For Kabila To Step Down in 2017

Congo Talks Near Deal For Kabila To Step Down in 2017

Political rivals in Democratic Republic of Congo neared a deal on Saturday for President Joseph Kabila to leave power in 2017 after dozens of people were killed during protests this week at the end of his mandate. Under the agreement, elections would be held next year and Kabila, who took power in Africa’s fourth most […]

Fears Of Global Yellow Fever Epidemic Grow As Vaccine Stocks Dwindle

Fears Of Global Yellow Fever Epidemic Grow As Vaccine Stocks Dwindle

A last-ditch effort to prevent yellow fever spreading through Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and potentially developing into a global epidemic is to be launched using vaccines containing a fifth of the normal dose because the global stockpile is so low. Yellow fever is frequently lethal, killing half of those who develop […]

If 18-month-old Girls Are Being Gang-Raped, Why Are The Suspects Still Free?

If 18-month-old Girls Are Being Gang-Raped, Why Are The Suspects Still Free?

A five-year-old sat shyly in her metal hospital bed as her mother described what had brought her to Panzi hospital in the city of Bukavu, in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A couple of beds down lay a tiny six-year-old girl, and further along sat a speck of a three-year-old […]

Jean-Pierre Bemba Sentenced to 18 Years In Prison By International Criminal Court

Jean-Pierre Bemba Sentenced to 18 Years In Prison By International Criminal Court

Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for rape and pillage committed by his troops, becoming the highest-level official to be sentenced at the international criminal court. Bemba, 53, wearing a blue suit and tie, watched impassively from the dock during the […]

Monique Jaques: Female Rangers

Monique Jaques: Female Rangers

For women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, being a ranger at the world’s deadliest park is a huge honor. It is there, Virunga National Park, that photographer Monique Jaques traveled to photograph these women in action.   Virunga National Park is three thousand square miles and boasts one of the most diverse collections of […]

OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

OBITUARY: Rebecca Masika Katsuva

The Congolese human rights campaigner Rebecca Masika Katsuva, who has died suddenly aged 49, of malaria and high blood pressure, was known affectionately to many as “Mama Masika”. Attacked and raped during the wars that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo, she went on to campaign against rape as a weapon of war, and set […]