DR Congo

Bunia (DR Congo) (AFP) The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said Monday. “We estimate that there at least a hundred bodies buried underneath the rumble of large rocks that fell on the 48 destroyed homes,” the deputy governor of Ituri Province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. The landslide occurred last Wednesday in the village of Tora on the banks of Lake Albert when part of a mountain engulfedRead More
Bunia (DR Congo) (AFP) A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official said Thursday. Part of a mountain engulfed “a fisherman’s camp after heavy rains caused a landslide” the deputy governor of Ituri province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. He said 40 people were killed in the disaster in the village of Tora on the banks of Lake Albert on Wednesday. It follows devastating floods in the Sierra Leone capital of FreetownRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Nearly eight million people face acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of conflict, especially in the central Kasai region, UN food agencies said Monday. “Food security and nutrition… are deteriorating in many parts of DRC, but nowhere is the situation more alarming than in Kasai,” said Claude Jibidar, director of the World Food Programme’s operations in the country. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said about 7.7 million people were on the verge of starvation overall in the vast central African country, aRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) An agreement has been struck with Kinshasa for the repatriation of the body of veteran Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who died aged 84 in Belgium in February, his family and political party told AFP Friday. The long delay in the return of Tshisekedi’s remains was due to concerns it could touch off massive demonstrations as the Democratic Republic of Congo is mired in a political crisis over President Joseph Kabila holding onto power beyond his mandate. Tshisekedi was a key political rival who lost to Kabila inRead More
TSHIKAPA (DR Congo) (AFP) “Before, we were able to go to work in any mine to dig for diamonds. But today, we’re all afraid of dying,” artisanal miner Banayi Ilunga says grimly. Diamonds are the blessing of Kasai, a vast region of five provinces in Democratic Republic of Congo that in many ways holds the key to the country’s future. To Ilunga, an 11-year mining veteran, the poorly regulated industry offers a lifeline — but in the past year, his hard-scrabble existence has become even tougher. He has had toRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Opposition campaigners launched a two-day general strike Tuesday to pressure Congolese President Joseph Kabila to set an election date — a day after 12 people were shot dead during an anti-government rampage in the capital. More than 40 people have been detained over the clashes in Kinshasa, an AFP reporter said. The “dead city” action, organised well before Monday’s killings, was to turn up the heat on Kabila, who is still in power despite his mandate expiring last year. While Kinshasa did not grind to a total halt,Read More
Kinshasa (AFP) Sustained gunfire broke out Monday close to the central prison in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, residents and activists said, three months after a wave of attacks and mass jailbreaks began. “For about an hour, there’s been shooting around the Makala prison, there’s no more traffic and the avenues are empty here in Selembao,” the poor city centre district where the prison stands, Emmanuel Cole, a prisoners’ rights activist, said. “There’s shooting with light weapons… the market is closed,” resident Philemon Mboko told AFP, adding that a police chiefRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) Twelve people were killed Monday by stray gunfire in a wave of violence in Kinshasa, a spokesman for the national police said, accusing a political-religious sect opposed to President Joseph Kabila. The toll was a provisional estimate, Pierrot Rombaut Mwanamputu said in an emergency broadcast that broke into programming on public television. “Sadly, we must at this stage give a provisional toll of loss of human life, of 12 people hit by stray bullets,” Mwanamputu said as violence struck two days before the start of a planned seriesRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) A Congolese rebel warlord wanted for crimes against humanity including mass rape was handed over to the authorities in Kinshasa on Friday, a UN spokeswoman said. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka “has been handed over to the authorities at Kinshasa,” Fabienne Pompey, spokeswoman for MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in the country, told AFP. Sheka turned himself in to UN peacekeepers in North Kivu, the east of the country on July 26 and was initially held in Goma, the regional capital. The authorities issued the warrant for Sheka’s arrest inRead More
Kinshasa (AFP) The United Nations named three international experts on Wednesday to investigate atrocities in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, some of which have involved government troops. Experts from Senegal, Canada and Mauritania will be tasked with investigating the massacres in Kasai, according to a statement from the UN’s human rights body, the OHCHR. President Joseph Kabila’s administration rejected a proposal to send an independent mission there to investigate the violence. Under the compromise deal, Kinshasha will cooperate with the investigators who will in turn shareRead More