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The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become true local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price. The Republic of the Congo in Central Africa […]

Feature – Chinese Doctors Bring Brightness to Congolese Cataract Patients

Feature – Chinese Doctors Bring Brightness to Congolese Cataract Patients

For 65-year-old Balossa Yvonne, a Congolese woman who is suffering from cataract for months, a cure for her illness is to receive a surgery. However, due to limited access to medical resources, she found it hard to get a proper surgery until she came to China-Congo Friendship Hospital (CCFH) where the Chinese medical team in […]

Africa’s mountain gorilla population now exceeds 1,000

Africa’s mountain gorilla population now exceeds 1,000

A new survey shows Africa’s critically endangered mountain gorillas have exceeded 1,000 after conservation efforts, making them the only great ape in the world considered to be growing in number. The WWF says mountain gorilla numbers have increased to 604 from an estimated 480 in 2010 in the Virunga Massif, a hilly area encompassing parts […]

Democratic Republic of the Congo Launches Principles for Global Action to Tackle Stigma Associated with Sexual Violence with UN, UK Partners

Democratic Republic of the Congo Launches Principles for Global Action to Tackle Stigma Associated with Sexual Violence with UN, UK Partners

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Personal Representative on Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment, Madam Jeanine Mabunda, launched the Principles for Global Action to tackle the stigma of sexual violence in conflict at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, at a program organized by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Preventing Sexual […]

Remembering Congolese Rumba Maestro Papa Wemba

Remembering Congolese Rumba Maestro Papa Wemba

It is one year since Congolese crooner Papa Wemba collapsed and and died while performing in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire. Several events are planned in Kinshasa, Congo DR to mark the occasion. Papa Wemba’s real name was Jules Shungu Wembadio. His untimely death has spawned a number of conspiracy theories. Like many other accomplished artistes from […]

Africa Faces a New Threat to Democracy – the ‘Constitutional Coup’

Africa Faces a New Threat to Democracy – the ‘Constitutional Coup’

Conventional wisdom tells us that good political societies are built on the principles of constitutionalism. This entails upholding the rule of law and separation of powers. This is to ensure an even distribution of power where a society is “built on principles of law, not men”. In the 1990s many African states reinvented their constitutions […]

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso Appreciates China’s Support for Development

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso Appreciates China’s Support for Development

Republic of Congo’ President Denis Sassou Nguesso said Tuesday that his country appreciates China’s support for his country’s development. In a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Sassou Nguesso said that he wishes success for all the Chinese invested projects in Congo. Sassou Nguesso noted that his country firmly supports China’s legitimate positions with […]

Catholic Church in DRC Congo Confirm Kabila to Step Down After Elections in New Deal

Catholic Church in DRC Congo Confirm Kabila to Step Down After Elections in New Deal

Congolese President Joseph Kabila will step down after elections held before the end of 2017, under a draft deal struck by political parties, according to a lead mediator from the Catholic Church. Under the deal made on Friday, but not yet signed, Kabila will be unable to change the constitution to extend his mandate and […]

Image of Endangered Gorilla With Brave Man Who is Devoted to Protecting Him Will Touch Your Heart

Image of Endangered Gorilla With Brave Man Who is Devoted to Protecting Him Will Touch Your Heart

This picture depicts a young mountain gorilla named Matabishi with Mathieu, a caretaker at the rescue center. The obvious love and trust between the two is a testament to the incredible efforts of the Virunga staff. Our planet is quickly hurtling into its sixth mass extinction event. A mass extinction event is classified as the […]

Congo Opposition Leader Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Congo Opposition Leader Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A court in Democratic Republic of Congo sentenced a political opposition leader to five years in prison on Wednesday, a human rights advocate said, a judgment that risks imperiling multi-party talks meant to organize a presidential election next year. The court found Franck Diongo, president of the opposition MLP party, guilty of illegally detaining three […]

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