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DR Congo President Kabila is sending signals that he is not willing to relinquish power

DR Congo President Kabila is sending signals that he is not willing to relinquish power

FOR nearly two years now, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have waited with bated breath to elect a new leader after President Joseph Kabila served his two-term constitutional mandate. National elections have been postponed twice and there is doubt that December 23 2018 will pass with a new president in office, even […]

Congo’s Joseph Kabila delays UN chief’s visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley

Congo’s Joseph Kabila delays UN chief’s visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley

CONGOLESE President Joseph Kabila has put off a planned visit this week by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and refused to see U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who diplomats said had also separately planned to visit Kinshasa. Kabila, who succeeded his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, was busy organizing Dec. 23 elections and […]

DRC faces upsurge of violence unless a deal is done with Kabila

DRC faces upsurge of violence unless a deal is done with Kabila

AMID a fresh wave of civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must question its confidence in President Joseph Kabila to achieve stability in a turbulent region. He has been at the helm since he took over as president in 2001 after his father, Laurent, was assassinated. The young Kabila […]

DR Congo Will Open Virunga, Salonga Parks to Oil Companies

DR Congo Will Open Virunga, Salonga Parks to Oil Companies

Kinshasa has defended its right to declassify sections of the parks over the protests of environmental activists. The two UNESCO World Heritage sites are home to countless rare plants and animals. The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said late on Friday that it was opening parts of its famous Virunga and Salonga National […]

Exclusive Factbox – Which Are the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women?

Exclusive Factbox – Which Are the World’s 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Women?

India named as the world’s most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts India was named as the world’s most dangerous country for women in a survey of global experts released on Tuesday. The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues ranked war-torn Afghanistan and Syria in second […]

Challenges of Administering an Ebola Vaccine in Remote Areas of the DRC

Challenges of Administering an Ebola Vaccine in Remote Areas of the DRC

No one said tracking the movements of a patient, suspected to be a carrier of the deadly Ebola virus, through the dense forests of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was going to be easy. With no discernible roads, only dense bush, we were forced to travel on three motorbikes to […]

Former DR Congo Child Soldier Works to Normalize Peace Not War

Former DR Congo Child Soldier Works to Normalize Peace Not War

Michel Chikwanine is a long way from where he grew up in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but not from the memories of war. They haunt him every night — ever since he was captured by rebels in the city of Beni at the age of five. Chikwanine’s father had an imposed an early-evening curfew, […]

ICC Acquittal of Form DR Congo VP Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo a Blow to Victims

ICC Acquittal of Form DR Congo VP Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo a Blow to Victims

Following the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s decision to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, the former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Solomon Sacco, Head of the International Justice team at Amnesty International, said: “The decision to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is an important reminder that international justice is only possible if all suspects receive […]

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

As Zimbabwe, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepare to hold historic polls in July, October and December respectively, concerns around violence, intimidation and credible electoral processes are rising. In Zimbabwe, incidents of intimidation and threats of violence have been reported ahead of the 30 July election, which will be a test for […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Alarm Bells Ring As the World Hits the Snooze Button

Congo-Kinshasa: Alarm Bells Ring As the World Hits the Snooze Button

The Democratic Republic of the Congo tops several lists that would make any nation proud. It is the largest sub-Saharan African nation. It is regularly listed as one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources. But there is one list we, at NRC, wish the Congo was not a part […]

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