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DRC Receives Better World Award for Progress in Addressing Sexual Violence

DRC Receives Better World Award for Progress in Addressing Sexual Violence

On June 22nd, Evariste Boshab, Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of the Interior and Security, hosted an event at the Fleuve Congo Hotel in Kinshasa on behalf of President Joseph Kabila, in honor of the Better World Award. The award was presented to the Office of the Personal Representative in Charge of the Fight against […]

Congo: Rape Capital of the World

Congo: Rape Capital of the World

A long path to equality In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an estimated 400,000 women are raped every year. The prevalence and intensity of sexual violence cannot be understated, and now, it appears that the failures of the international community to curb rape’s use by the various sides of the Congo Civil Wars has allowed […]

Elephant Poachers Kill Rangers, Wound Swedish Park Manager in Congo

Elephant Poachers Kill Rangers, Wound Swedish Park Manager in Congo

Elephant poachers killed three rangers in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Garamba wildlife park and wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager, environmental officials said. One of the rangers was found dead near the site of the Saturday attack, said African Parks, which manages the UNESCO world heritage site. U.S. forces in the area […]

Congo opposition accuses Sassou Nguesso of pre-election fraud

Congo opposition accuses Sassou Nguesso of pre-election fraud

Three opposition candidates accused Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Friday of preparing for widespread vote-rigging two days before an election in which he is expected to win another term of office, extending his long rule. Sassou Nguesso has led the oil-producing nation for 32 of the last 37 years and pushed through constitutional […]

The Secret War Crime

The Secret War Crime

First they shot her husband. Then the soldiers killed her two sons, ages 5 and 7. When the uniformed men yanked her daughter from her hands next, Mary didn’t think it could get any worse. Mary and her family were members of the Nuer tribe in South Sudan, caught up in a vicious power struggle […]

South African court to try misconduct cases against peacekeepers in Congo

South African court to try misconduct cases against peacekeepers in Congo

A mobile South African military court has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo to try 32 South African peacekeepers accused of misconduct, the U.N. mission in Congo said on Friday. U.N. peacekeeping missions have been dogged by accusations of sexual abuse. The United Nations reported 99 such allegations against staff members across the U.N. […]

‘We Have to Break the Culture’: Meet the Women Fighting Congo’s Rape Epidemic

‘We Have to Break the Culture’: Meet the Women Fighting Congo’s Rape Epidemic

When Justine Masika Bihamba took to the airwaves of eastern Congo to denounce the notorious warlord known as “the Terminator,” she knew she was risking her life. She publicly called in March 2012 for the arrest of Bosco Ntaganda, a rebel leader of Joseph Kony’s ilk, a tall, ruthless man with a pencil moustache and […]