Democratic Republic of Congo

Spate of village chief killings hits northeast DR Congo

 
Since July, seven village chiefs have been killed in the Watalinga area, northeast Democratic Republic of Congo. These assassinations, which are the work of a militia called ADF-Nalu, have sent the local population into a panic. Read more...
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Rwandan women drum up hope in the Great Lakes region

 
Music soothes the soul and brings people together. This idea is the driving force behind Ingoma Nshya, a drum ensemble that has been challenging stereotypes. The group, which is composed entirely of Rwandan women even though drums are traditionally reserved for men, is made up of both Hutu and Tutsi women. Their music spreads the message of reconciliation in Rwanda, a country still affected by the 1994 genocide, as well as in the conflict-racked Kivu region of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, where they recently played a concert. Read more...

Police crack down on street vendors in DR Congo

 
Authorities in Kinshasa have launched a crackdown on street vendors who sell their wares on the capital’s avenues. Though this was presented as a “pedagogical” operation, police ended up destroying and burning stalls on Wednesday morning. One of our Observers filmed them in action. Read more...
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Posters praising DR Congo’s army: well deserved or too soon?

 
Following a massive offensive in the northeast region of North Kivu, the Congolese army has routed the M23 rebel movement, which was chased from its last two positions on November 5. In the capital Kinshasa, large posters now hail the might of the Congolese army, but some of our Observers remain sceptical. Read more...

Congolese soldiers desecrate rebel corpses

 
Since Sunday, the Congolese army and the M23 rebel movement have been engaged in fighting near Goma, in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Several photos show Congolese soldiers defiling rebel corpses. Read more...

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Congo rebels show off newly conquered village overlooking Goma

 
A week ago, the small farming village of Mutaho was in the news when violence broke out there between M23 rebels and the Congolese Army. Now in control of part of the village’s territory, the rebels invited journalists to come visit their new outpost, a small ghost town deserted by its inhabitants. Read more...
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Displaced villagers rebuild lives deep in Congolese rainforest

 
For a decade, the Bafwasende territory in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered from a violent ethnic and tribal conflict that has caused massive population displacement. The former inhabitants of the Opienge and Balobe villages have been trickling back to their abandoned homeland since 2010 and starting over from scratch. Our Observer tells us about how these “returned refugees” are faring. Read more...
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Rape and prostitution: the plight of refugee women at a DR Congo camp

Photo taken inside the Mugunga camp by our Observer Charly Kasereka.
 
One of our Observers traveled to the Mugunga refugee camp near the city of Goma, the largest city of North Kivu. Tens of thousands of Congolese fleeing the violence in this eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken refuge there. However, the violence has caught up to them. Read more...
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Chinafrica: African workers share experiences at Chinese factories

 
Xi Jinping, China’s new president, has chosen to visit to Africa as part of his first foreign tour – and for good reason. With more than 2,000 businesses operating on the continent and making more than 36 billion dollars a year, China has in just a few years become Africa’s top commercial partner. From Togo to the Democratic Republic of Congo, our African Observers employed by Chinese companies told us about their jobs. Read more...
 

Renewed Congo violence triggers new wave of refugees

 
The North Kivu province in northeastern DR Congo was recently the scene of renewed conflict -- between the army and armed militias, and within the militia groups themselves. As always, civilians are the main victims of such power struggles. Hundreds have fled their homes for UN refugee camps and other towns in the region. Read more...
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