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War crimes prosecutor calls for conviction in Congo sexual slavery case

War crimes prosecutor calls for conviction in Congo sexual slavery case

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday called on judges to convict a former Congo military leader on charges ranging from murder and rape to conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery. “The evidence shows that Bosco Ntaganda personally committed crimes,” Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said, in closing remarks in Ntaganda’s […]

Election Violence Fears in Anglophone Cameroon

Election Violence Fears in Anglophone Cameroon

Approaching national elections in Cameroon are feared to further destabilise the Anglophone regions of the Central African country, which have been in a state of crisis for months. Due to be held in October, the elections have already met stiff, hard-line resistance from separatist leaders in the area, denouncing their legitimacy and banning local populations […]

Surging violence drives thousands of Congolese from their homes

Surging violence drives thousands of Congolese from their homes

When gun and machete-toting assailants swept into her village and started hacking at her neighbours, Priscilla ran for her life. “They cut my parents’ throats and killed them because they were too old to run,” says the 48-year-old. “We hid in the bush for three days, almost naked, with barely anything on our backs.” Another […]

Kabila’s Government Rejects Thabo Mbeki As Special Envoy to DRC

Kabila’s Government Rejects Thabo Mbeki As Special Envoy to DRC

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has rejected President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of former President Thabo Mbeki as South Africa’s Special Envoy to that country. 3 Mbeki’s appointment was confirmed by Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko at the weekend, after the summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Windhoek. At first Kabila’s government […]

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need ‘special attention and care’: UNICEF

An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday. The outbreak in North Kivu Province was declared on 1 August and UNICEF reported that so far, two children have died, while six others – who […]

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief

Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region. Speaking at a press briefing in […]

Angolan Army Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Killing Boy

Angolan Army Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Killing Boy

A magistrates court in Angola’s capital of Luanda has sentenced an army sergeant to 18 years in prison for the 2016 killing of a 14-year-old boy during a peaceful protest against house demolitions. The court decision sends a clear message that members of the security forces are not above the law and will hopefully deter […]

African Expertise Key to Stopping Ebola – Then and Now

African Expertise Key to Stopping Ebola – Then and Now

An Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is once again straining Africa’s medical resources. Prospects for progress are due in large part to lessons learned from the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa, which caught global health officials off guard and killed 11,000 people. One lesson that became clear was […]

Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DR Congo Potentially More Dangerous Than West African Epidemic

Ebola Outbreak in Eastern DR Congo Potentially More Dangerous Than West African Epidemic

World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the raging conflict in North Kivu makes the Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo more dangerous than the historic 2014-2015 epidemic in West Africa. More than 11,000 people died from the Ebola virus by the time it was contained in 2016. WHO Director-General Tedros returned Sunday from […]

Trekking With ‘Ambazonia Defense Forces’ – Inside a Separatist War

Trekking With ‘Ambazonia Defense Forces’ – Inside a Separatist War

Emmanuel Freudenthal is the first journalist to spend time with an anglophone armed group, trekking for a week with them in the sun and rain, across rivers and up steep hills, through dark rainforests and fields of giant grass. In this two-part series, he explores the make-up and motivation of the Ambazonia Defense Forces, and […]

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