Democratic Republic of Congo

DR Congo’s locusts: A love-hate relationship


Locusts invaded the city of Butembo, in northeastern DR Congo, on Wednesday evening. Overjoyed residents scrambled to catch them in order to eat them or sell them, like every year. Read more...
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Deadly mob justice for a suspected rebel in North Kivu


An angry crowd of people in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo stoned a man suspected of belonging to an armed rebel group, before burning him alive. This act of extreme violence took place on October 31 in the city of Beni, which has been the target of numerous bloody rebel incursions in recent months. Read more…

Machete-armed locals patrol cities after Beni massacre


After rebel attacks in the past few weeks killed 80 people, residents in numerous cities in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set up self-defence groups. These armed militias patrol at night and say that they are compensating for the powerless Congolese army and police force. But not everyone agrees. Read more...

Bodies ‘stacked’ in Lubumbashi's overcrowded cemeteries


During burial services in Lubumbashi, several families were surprised to discover bones in the plots that had been assigned for the final resting places of their loved ones. In a city where the cemeteries are filled to bursting, this is not an isolated incident, says our Observer. Read more...
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Pygmies in 'mortal danger' in southern DR Congo


Pygmy people have been targeted in repeated attacks by armed Mai Mai groups made up by members of the Baluba tribe in Katanga province, in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our Observer met some Pygmies who fled their traditional forest homes to escape the ongoing violence. He says that they are facing “extermination.” Read more...
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Congolese devastate own homes in cobalt mining rush

Hundreds of artisanal miners have flooded a neighbourhood of Kolwezi in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, after the discovery of a giant cobalt deposit. Our Observer explains how too much mining has effectively turned the ground into Swiss cheese – putting the whole neighborhood at risk. Read more...

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How the ‘tshukudu’ is lifting people out of poverty in DR Congo


As workable on a bumpy path as on a smooth asphalt road, the "tshukudu" is found all over the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our Observer there tells us that this novel form of transportation, inexpensive and able to manage all kinds of cargo, has already lifted many young people out of poverty. Read more...
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Bizarre rivalry: Which DR Congo town is the real ‘Little Paris’


Residents of Bandal and Lemba, two districts of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have both laid claim to the nickname of Congo’s “Little Paris.” The rivalry may seem odd but it has had surprisingly positive effects: it has sparked a competition to beautify both neighbourhoods to make them even more similar to the ‘City of Lights’. Read more...

DR Congo: Forced labour eclipses schoolwork

 
School principals in Bukama, a city in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, have found a rather unorthodox way to renovate their schools’ buildings for free: under the cover of “handicrafts” workshops, students — often very young ones — are building the bricks themselves in clay quarries, rather than studying. Read more…

Have Democratic Republic of Congo rebels really surrendered?

 
Rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have been terrorising residents in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the end of the last decade. Now - under pressure from the Congolese army - roughly 100 rebels have now chosen to lay down their arms in North Kivu. But many locals say the so-called surrender is little more than a publicity stunt. Read more...
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