UN Predicts Famine in East Africa over Locusts Infestation

Posted by - February 26, 2020

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Agency on Tuesday warned of a “major hunger threat” in East Africa, as a small group of desert locusts entered the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944. Kenya, Somalia and Uganda have been

36 Die in Eastern DRC Rebel Attack

Posted by - January 31, 2020

Rebels have killed at least 36 people in attacks on villages in eastern Congo, a local official and civil society group said Thursday. The Allied Democratic Forces rebels attacked overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in four villages, including Manzingi and Maleki, in Beni territory, said Beni administrator Donat Kibwana. “I ask the people to calm down

WHO Says Death Toll from Measles Epidemic in Congo Over 6,000

Posted by - January 8, 2020

The World Health Organisation has put death toll from a measles epidemic in Congo at over 6,000, saying that more funds are needed to save lives during the world’s worst outbreak of the infectious disease. Measles has killed nearly three times as many people in Congo than an Ebola outbreak in the country that has

France Urges Congolese President To ‘Act’ Over Jailed Opponents

Posted by - September 4, 2019

France has said it ‘‘expects acts’‘ from Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso over imprisoned opponents like Jean Marie Michel Mokokoko, a candidate for the 2016 presidential election in Congo. On Tuesday, the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian said he expects that this sentiment will be repeated by the French president when he

Uganda Confirms New Case Of Ebola

Posted by - August 30, 2019

Uganda has confirmed a new case of Ebola in the country’s Kasese district. According to the Ministry of Health, the case is of a nine-year-old girl of Congolese origin. A statement signed by Minister of State Joyce Moriku Kaducu said: the patient travelled with her mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, and entered Ugandan

Two Ebola Patients Cured In Congo

Posted by - August 14, 2019

Two Ebola patients who were treated with new drugs in the city of Goma in eastern Congo have been declared “cured” and returned to their home. Top doctors fighting Ebola quickly used the case on Tuesday to press the message that people can recover from the potentially deadly disease if they seek proper care. Ebola

Ebola outbreak spreads to DRC city surrounded by rebels

Posted by - August 24, 2018

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city surrounded by rebels, creating challenges responders were “dreading,” the World Health Organisation said on Friday. One probable case and one suspected case have emerged in the city of Oicha in DRC’s North Kivu province, WHO’s emergency response chief, Peter Salama, told

134 people convicted in Eastern Congo massacre trials

Posted by - January 25, 2018

A military tribunal investigating a wave of massacres in eastern Congo blamed on Ugandan rebels has convicted 134 people, a senior army prosecutor and a human rights group said on Wednesday. More than 800 people were killed — often hacked to death with machetes during the night — around the town of Beni, near Democratic

security forces kill 6 as anti-Kabila protests engulf Congo;

Posted by - January 22, 2018

Congolese security forces shot dead at least six people and wounded dozens more as they fired tear gas to disperse a protest against President Joseph Kabila organised by the Catholic Church on Sunday, a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country said. Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate in December 2016

15 UN peacekeepers killed in attack by Congolese rebels

Posted by - December 9, 2017

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed at least 15 Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in a raid on a base in Congo that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called the worst attack on the organisation in recent history. Tanzania’s President John Magufuli said he was “shocked and saddened” by the deaths, which come amid