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dr congo conflict leaves 400,000 children malnourished | dr congo news


aid workers are warning of mass starvation because of conflict in the democratic republic of congo.they say three million people in the kasai region don't have enough to eat - including 400,000 children.fighting between the army and rebels has meant farmers have been unable to plant crops for several years.al jazeera's catherine soi reports from kasai-central, democratic republic of congo.






dr congo crisis: on kasai's hunger road


fergal keane reveals the crisis along a road in the democratic republic of congo that threatens hundreds of thousands.nearly half a million severely malnourished children are at risk of starvation in the country's kasai region.the un has just declared the crisis in drc as the highest level of emergency - the same as yemen, syria and iraq.camera: tony fallshawproducer: alice doyardedited: james reevell






congo health minister says ebola outbreak under control


kinshasa, congo — congo's health minister says there have been no new confirmed cases of ebola and the outbreak has been controlled.health minister oly ilunga kalenga said friday no new cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed in the likati zone for more than 21 days, the maximum incubation period.however, he says experimental vaccines to fight the virus have not yet arrived. likati is some 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) from congo's capital, kinshasa.the world health organization says three deaths have been blamed on the virus since it emerged may 11 in congo's far north. only two have been laboratory-confirmed as ebola.who says this was the eighth outbreak in congo since 1976. congo has a long track record with the hemorrhagic fever.






congo's hidden mega-crisis |


nyunzu village, democratic republic of the congo - dr congo has been declared the country worst affected by conflict displacement in the world, according to the international displacement monitoring centre. the congo crisis has outpaced syria, yemen and iraq in the number of people forced to flee in the first six months of the year. an average of 5,500 people a day are being uprooted from their homes because of violence and insecurity.the crisis is set to worsen ahead of planned elections in 2018, following failed attempts to organise elections at the end of 2017. analysts from the assessment capacities project (acaps) have forecast that postponing the elections is likely to incite grievances among communities in congo, which may turn into violent protests. they predict the widespread frus






congo declares end to ebola outbreak after 4 deaths


kinshasa, congo — congo's health minister has declared an end to the country's ebola outbreak.health minister oly ilunga kalenga said in a statement saturday that congo has officially gone 42 days with no new recorded cases of the deadly virus. the health minister says the outbreak killed four of the eight people infected.officials announced the outbreak in may, saying it began in bas-uele province in congo's remote northeast in the likati zone, some 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) from the capital, kinshasa.the world health organization called it the eighth outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in congo since 1976.none was connected to the massive outbreak in guinea, liberia and sierra leone that left more than 11,300 dead. that outbreak was declared finished a year ago.






un promises justice in congo against peacekeeper attacks


beni, congo — the united nations deputy special representative for congo says military offenses will be launched against rebels who killed at least 15 tanzanian u.n. peacekeepers last week in eastern congo.in a memorial ceremony monday david gressly said those who staged the assault, which wounded 50 others, will pay for their actions. the dec. 7 attack about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from beni was the deadliest single attack on a u.n. peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years.at least five congolese soldiers also were killed in the attack. the peacekeeping base has been repeatedly attacked by rebels from the allied democratic forces group.tanzania's ambassador in congo paul ignace mella called on the u.n. to protect its peacekeeping soldiers. the u.n. peacekeeping mission in congo is the lar






eu expands sanctions against congo to 16 people


brussels — the european union has extended it sanctions over the deteriorating situation in congo, imposing travel bans and asset freezes on nine more senior security officials.the eu announced monday that the new sanctions brought the total of congo officials facing such a ban to 16 people.the eu says the crisis in congo's kasai province has "reached an exceptional level" and has condemned the violence. the eu also said, however, it was increasingly worried about the disproportionate use of force by authorities and security forces.






swedes say little help from congo in murder investigation


stockholm — a swedish prosecutor says authorities are getting little help from congo in their investigations into the slayings of two u.n. experts — of which them a swede — by militiamen from congo's violence-torn kasai region.prosecutor sara nilsson says their material "does not rule out that people close to the regime in congo are involved in the murder."sweden launched its murder investigation two days after the bodies of dual swedish-chilean national zaida catalan and american michael sharp were found in a shallow grave on march 27.nilsson said wednesday sweden had asked congo for "legal assistance" but what it received "doesn't comply with basic legal requirements and has obvious flaws."she said swedish authorities would continue their probe, but cannot visit congo "under the present






swedes say little help from congo in murder investigation


stockholm (ap) — a swedish prosecutor says authorities are getting little help from congo in their investigations into the slayings of two u.n. experts — of which them a swede — by militiamen from congo’s violence-torn kasai region.prosecutor sara nilsson says their material “does not rule out that people close to the regime in congo are involved in the murder.”sweden launched its murder investigation two days after the bodies of dual swedish-chilean national zaida catalan and american michael sharp were found in a shallow grave on march 27.nilsson said wednesday sweden had asked congo for “legal assistance” but what it received “doesn’t comply with basic legal requirements and has obvious flaws.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksshe said swedish authorities would co






congo: a dictator's dilemma | dr congo


why has president joseph kabila chosen to cling to power beyond his constitutional term limit - which expired in december of 2016? why has the man who organised democratic republic of congo's only two multiparty elections since independence chosen to sow chaos and instability just when the country needs peace and stability the most? why did he not proudly allow congo's first ever peaceful transfer of power to take place, which could have been his greatest legacy?these are perhaps the single most important questions analysts, as well as journalists, pro-democracy activists, development workers and a great number of other people in and outside congo, have been thinking about for some time - and rightly so.many hypotheses on why he chose not to leave office have since been presented. for exam






christian sect attacks congo prison, frees leader, 50 more


kinshasa, congo — christian sect members stormed a prison in congo's capital wednesday, freeing the leader of their movement and 50 others, congo's justice minister said.bundu dia kongo movement leader ne mwanda nsemi is now on the run after a 4 a.m. attack on the prison in kinshasa, justice minister alexis thambwe mwamba told local radio station top congo fm.gunfire could be heard in the morning, but the justice minister said the situation is now under control."security force members who were sent as reinforcements have entered the prison," he said. "ne mwanda nsemi is on the run, but we will soon get our hands on him."ne mwanda nsemi was arrested in march, along with many followers, after clashes between them and police. he has a strong following in southwestern congo.ne mwanda nsemi has






surviving the 'swallow,' dr congo's train of death | dr congo


in kamina, an important railway node in the southern democratic republic of congo, every day hundreds of people are getting on a train named after a bird, the "swallow". locally known as the "hirondelle", it is, for the most part, the only link people in remote villages have to the outside world.for vendors like us, not getting on the train is worse than falling ill ... our children eat, go to school and live because of the train.victor, vendormore than 2,000 people, three times the train's capacity, squeeze into its carriages, bathrooms are used for storage. for those who aren't able to find a place or who can't afford a ticket, there's always the roof. the train is unkempt, which makes travelling aboard the 'hirondelle' a dangerously risky journey."i prefer to lie down. if you stand, you






christian sect attacks congo prison, frees leader, 50 more


kinshasa, congo — christian sect members stormed a prison in congo's capital wednesday, freeing the leader of their movement and 50 others, congo's justice minister said.bundu dia kongo movement leader ne mwanda nsemi is now on the run after a 4 a.m. attack on malaka prison in kinshasa, justice minister alexis thambwe mwamba told local radio station top congo fm.gunfire could be heard in the morning, but the justice minister said the situation is now under control."security force members who were sent as reinforcements have entered the prison," he said. "ne mwanda nsemi is on the run, but we will soon get our hands on him."ne mwanda nsemi was arrested in march, along with many followers, after clashes between them and police. he has a strong following in southwestern congo.ne mwanda nsemi






un agency announces 2 more suspected ebola cases in congo


kinshasa, congo — the world health organization has identified two more suspected cases of the deadly ebola virus a day after declaring an outbreak in congo.the u.n. agency said saturday there are now 11 suspected cases, including three reported deaths, in likati in congo's northern bas-uele province. who said one death has tested positive for an ebola strain seen in the country before.the u.n. agency says the first case occurred april 22 in a male some 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) from the capital, kinshasa.who is working with the government to coordinate a response.congo has had seven known ebola outbreaks in the past, including one in 2014 with several dozen cases. that outbreak was not connected to the massive epidemic in guinea, liberia and sierra leone that left thousands dead.






un says election in congo key to ending political crisis


united nations (ap) — a strategic review of the u.n. peacekeeping mission in congo says holding a long delayed presidential election that is credible will be key to ending the political crisis that is the main driver of increasing violence and human rights abuses.secretary-general antonio guterres warns in the report to the u.n. security council that congo risks “sliding back into conflict.” but he says president joseph kabila also has a “historic opportunity to cement his legacy” as the first congo president to hand power to an elected successor.the u.n. chief says in the report that “all efforts” must be geared to keeping alive an agreement calling for elections by the end of 2017 “and ensuring the protection of civilians and human rights.”the report was obtained monday by the associated






christian sect attacks congo prison, frees leader, 50 more


kinshasa, congo (ap) — christian sect members stormed a prison in congo’s capital wednesday, freeing the leader of their movement and 50 others, congo’s justice minister said.bundu dia kongo movement leader ne mwanda nsemi is now on the run after a 4 a.m. attack on the prison in kinshasa, justice minister alexis thambwe mwamba told local radio station top congo fm.gunfire could be heard in the morning, but the justice minister said the situation is now under control.“security force members who were sent as reinforcements have entered the prison,” he said. “ne mwanda nsemi is on the run, but we will soon get our hands on him.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.ne mwanda nsemi was arrested in march, along with many followers, after clashes between them and police. he h






us ambassador to un calls congo government 'corrupt'


nairobi, kenya — the u.s. ambassador to the united nations said wednesday the united nations is partnering with a "corrupt" government in congo and she called for a large cut in the world's largest peacekeeping mission in the troubled african nation.speaking at the council on foreign relations in new york, ambassador nikki haley said the u.n. mission in congo "is aiding a government that is inflicting predatory behavior against its own people."her comments came a day after congo said the bodies of an american and a swedish investigator for the u.n. and a congolese colleague were found monday in a shallow grave in a region that has seen months of deadly violence between government troops and local militias. congo says it will investigate.haley's accusation also comes as the u.n. security co






congo army fights rebels in east, 11 hostages released


beni, congo — a military spokesman says 11 people kidnapped by rebels in eastern congo have been released after days of fighting.capt. mak hazukay mongba said monday that residents of mamundioma village were freed sunday near the virunga national park after the military intensified fighting against allied democratic forces rebels. the adf rebels had taken the 11 after an attack friday.the released hostages said they were told to call on the military to halt operations against adf rebels.the group has killed more than 1,000 people in eastern congo since october 2014.a local rights group based in beni says more than 100 people are still being held by the rebels.adf, founded in uganda, has been active since the 1990s but intensified its attacks inside congo several years ago.






dr congo violence displaces 3.8 million: un | dr congo news


the number of people displaced by conflict in the democratic republic of congo has nearly doubled in the past six months to 3.8 million, according to a un official.george okoth-obbo, the number two official at the un's refugee agency (unhcr), said food and clothing was needed for the 1.4 million in the volatile kasai region who have fled their homes in violence that has killed more than 3,000 people."immediate protection" was required, he told afp news agency on the last day of a three-day visit to the country, in particular for children "who are sleeping in conditions that are difficult to imagine".in the southeastern province of tanganyika, clashes between rival groups have also forced thousands to flee, as has the long-running violence in the kivu region, according to the norwegian refu






congo rights activist says army kills 7 attackers in beni


kinshasa, congo — a human rights activist in eastern congo says at least seven assailants have been killed as the army fought off attacks on a prison, police station and the town hall in and around the city of beni.omar kavota said thursday the attackers also bombed a school and wounded some students who were taking exams.kavota says the death toll could rise as congo's military pursues other attackers.beni mayor nyonyi bwanakawa blames the attack on mai mai rebels.kavota also says he has warned officials that a new rebel coalition may have formed for these latest attacks. armed men also attacked a beni prison earlier this month, killing at least 11 and freeing 900 prisoners.scores of armed groups fight for control in congo's mineral-rich east.






congo government: un experts' murders filmed on cell phone


kinshasa, congo — congo's government has obtained a five-minute cell phone video that shows the gruesome murders of two united nations experts who were killed last month while investigating human rights abuses.in the video shown to journalists on monday, a group of young men identify themselves as members of the kamwina nsapu militia.american michael sharp, swedish national zaida catalan and their interpreter betu tshintela went missing march 12 in central congo and their bodies were found two weeks later. three others working with the team remain missing.congo's government has vowed justice for the victims and arrested two suspects, though one escaped custody.more than 400 people have been killed and more than 200,000 displaced since government troops killed the militia's leader in august






congo approves anti-ebola vaccine to combat outbreak in remote northeast


kampala, uganda—the democratic republic of the congo on monday approved the use of a new experimental ebola vaccine, nearly three weeks after health officials announced the latest outbreak of the deadly virus along the country’s northeastern border.the approval was granted by congo’s health ministry, spokesman simba kai said. the ministry must now decide whether to use the vaccine, which was developed by merck & co.the...






dr congo forces kill at least 36 burundi refugees | dr congo news


security forces in the democratic republic of congo have killed at least 36 burundian refugees during clashes over plans to send some of them home.maman sidikou, the head of monusco, the un's peacekeeping mission in the country, said in a statement on saturday that at least 36 refugees had been reported killed and more than 100 injured. he called for a swift investigation and urged congo's security forces to use force as a last resort only.josue boji, a democratic republic of congo interior ministry official, said troops had tried to disperse the refugees by "firing in the air but were overwhelmed" when the group responded by throwing stones during friday's confrontation.police and soldiers opened fire as the refugees protested over the resettlement plan and tried to free some of their arr






residents flee as suspected cases of ebola outbreak in congo grow


the world health organization said ebola has killed three and sickened 20 people in the congo’s north since late april.        






un to pursue rebels who killed 15 peacekeepers in congo


beni, congo — the united nations mission in congo will pursue the allied democratic forces rebels who killed 15 peacekeepers earlier this month, the u.n. peacekeeping chief said tuesday.the dec. 7 attack on a base in eastern congo was the deadliest single assault on a u.n. peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, killing 15 tanzanian peacekeepers and at least five congolese soldiers.jean-pierre lacroix told peacekeepers that the u.n. will protect them and seek justice."we have spoken with the congolese government and we will reinforce our military presence and weapons in the semuliki region to track down and neutralize the negative groups in eastern congo," he said. "we know why adf attacked us, because we disrupted their activity."the peacekeeping base is about 45 kilometers (27 miles) fr






un says 13 new mass graves found in congo amid rebellion


kinshasa, congo — the united nations says 13 new mass graves have been found in central congo, bringing the total to 23 amid mounting violence in the area.jose maria aranaz, director of the u.n. human rights office in kinshasa, said tuesday that congolese authorities would try to determine how many bodies were in the graves.the mass graves are in a part of central congo where at least 400 civilians have been killed since august amid a rebellion loyal to former traditional leader kamwina nsapu. the u.n. says at least 434,000 people are internally displaced.among the victims were two u.n. experts — american michael sharp and swedish national zaida catalan — and their congolese interpreter. three others who were with them remain missing.






american u.n. official, 5 others vanish in congo during peacekeeping mission


kinshasa, the democratic republic of congo – two united nations officials and four congolese citizens have disappeared in a conflict-ridden region of the democratic republic of congo where army soldiers have been accused of killing civilians, the u.n. mission there has said.the officials — michael sharp, an american, and zahida katalan, a swede — were traveling in the kasai region on sunday with three congolese drivers and a translator when they disappeared, the u.n. mission said on monday. it added that it was doing everything possible to locate them.the officials, who are in congo as part of a peacekeeping mission, were investigating possible human rights violations after reports that government soldiers had killed at least a dozen unarmed civilians, including children. videos emerged on






congo landslide death toll likely 200, governor says


goma, congo — authorities in northeastern congo say a landslide earlier this week in ituri province likely has killed at least 200 people.gov. abdallah pene mbaka said saturday the estimate is based on missing people and homes affected. he says 50 houses were destroyed and only 44 bodies have been found.wednesday's landslide in tora village followed heavy rains in the fishing community located along lake albert.the governor is calling on the international community for emergency assistance with rescue and recovery efforts.many people die each year in congo as the result of poorly regulated development. people often build homes near mines and bodies of water, making themselves vulnerable to disasters caused by soil erosion and flooding.






authorities holding off deployment of experimental ebola vaccine in congo


international health authorities and the democratic republic of the congo are holding off on deploying an experimental ebola vaccine to the site of the country’s latest outbreak of the virus, indicating that it may now not be needed.in a statement thursday, medical-aid organization doctors without borders said that preparations are under way for vaccination in congo, but suggested that it will be used only if a new ebola case arises. “all technical and operational planning and preparations for a possible vaccination are...






congo says american, swedish officials with un kidnapped


kinshasa, congo — congo's government says two united nations officials, one american and one swedish, have been kidnapped along with four congolese in kasai central province.government spokesman lambert mende said monday that michael sharp of the united states and zahida katalan of sweden were taken with three congolese drivers and a translator while traveling by motorcycle.a government statement says the kidnappers have not yet been identified. it was not clear when the kidnapping occurred on a bridge near the village of ngombe.judicial authorities in the province have opened an investigation and are working with the u.n. mission in congo to free those held.this vast central african nation is home to multiple militias competing for stakes in its rich mineral resources.






new ebola outbreak hits democratic republic of congo


health workers in the democratic republic of congo were rushing to contain an outbreak of ebola virus, scrambling military helicopters to deliver medical aid and ordering house-to-house searches for potential patients in a remote northeastern region.the hemorrhagic fever has killed three people and infected more than a dozen others, health officials said monday. this latest outbreak will test congo’s ailing health-care system, which...






new ebola outbreak hits democratic republic of congo


health workers in the democratic republic of congo were rushing to contain an outbreak of ebola virus, scrambling military helicopters to deliver medical aid and ordering house-to-house searches for potential patients in a remote northeastern region.the hemorrhagic fever has killed three people and infected more than a dozen others, health officials said on monday. this latest outbreak will test congo’s ailing health-care system,...






children flee, fight amid congo’s growing kasai violence


dakar, senegal (ap) — congo’s kasai region is the latest deadly hotspot in the vast central african country that has had violent rebellions for decades. once again, children are among the most vulnerable victims.well over 1 million people have fled the fighting that began a year ago when congo’s military killed the regional tribal leader of the kamwina nsapu militia. more than 3,300 people in the region have died, according to estimates by the catholic church. the united nations has counted more than 80 mass graves.across the once-peaceful region, children are forced to take up weapons, either recruited by militias or to defend their homes. children make up more than half of the displaced people, said yvon edoumou, spokesman for the u.n. humanitarian office in congo.“we see families who sa






republic of congo releases us citizen held for over a year


brazzaville, republic of congo — a naturalized u.s. citizen who was detained in the republic of congo for more than a year has been released, the united states embassy there said friday.marcel pika is a retired colonel who served in the republic of congo's military. he was arrested early last year and held for "inciting disorderly conduct" amid unrest and other detentions that followed president denis sassou n'guesso's re-election.u.s. embassy spokeswoman jacqueline mourot said pika, 70, was freed friday without further judgment."the u.s. embassy is very grateful to the government of congo for having decided today to release mr. pika. we think this is a good step forward in the framework of good relations between our two countries," she said.the u.s. state department requested pika's relea






congo plunges into uncertainty as opposition leader dies


the death of congo’s veteran opposition leader has plunged the country deeper into political turmoil, imperiling an already fragile deal for president joseph kabila to cede power by the end of the year. etienne tshisekedi, a prominent political figure in congo since the sprawling, mineral-rich country was called zaire and was ruled by strongman mobutu sese seko, died late wednesday in brussels, where he had been hospitalized since...






congo plunges into uncertainty as opposition leader dies


the death of congo’s veteran opposition leader has plunged the country deeper into political turmoil, imperiling an already fragile deal for president joseph kabila to cede power by the end of the year. etienne tshisekedi, a prominent political figure in congo since the sprawling, mineral-rich country was called zaire and was ruled of strongman mobutu sese seko, died late wednesday in brussels, where he had been hospitalized since...






football p 'travels' 564,664 yards on space station


by steve spaleta | february 3, 2017 09:31pm et in the most epic hail mary p of all-time, a football was thrown in the iss and it flew hundreds of thousands of miles (when you include the distance traveled by the space station at 17,500 mph). [full story]space football fail! nasa gives pigskin a beating ahead of super bowl 2017 credit : nasa johnson space center