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Armed groups kill Ebola workers in DR Congo

Three health workers fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been killed. They were killed in an attack launched by armed groups in the restive Ituri province. Four others were also critically injured in the attack. Such attacks have surged in recent months as local militias doubt the seriousness of the virus and how the vaccine is administered. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), tweeted about the incidents. He said “Attacks by armed groups…

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DR Congo: Protesters torch U.N. buildings, at least 4 killed

Protesters in eastern Congo on Monday clashed with security agencies resulting in reported deaths of at least four people. Several others are also reported injured in the protest which took place in the town of Beni after civilians torched U.N. buildings. They were expressing anger over renewed violence by suspected Islamist rebels, accusing the UN and government troops of doing little to prevent attacks. Over the weekend the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), one of many militia groups operating in eastern DR Congo killed eight people during a raid on the…

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More African refugees from Libya arrive in Rwanda

More African migrants trapped in Libya and seeking refuge have arrived in Rwanda as part of a resettlement program. Those who arrived over the weekend are part of the third batch of refugees, who have been held in detention centres in Libya. The third group had 116 refugees and asylum seekers who were safely evacuated from Libya. Rwanda’s government said the migrants will be staying at Gashura transit centre, about 55km (34 miles) south of the capital, Kigali. That is the same place were the previous 189 refugees and asylum…

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DR Congo plane crash kills at least 24 people

At least 24 people have been killed in a plane crash on Sunday in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There are fears the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue to recover bodies. Those killed include residents on the ground, according to Congolese officials. Local media reported that the small aircraft went down in the Mapendo neighbourhood after “missing” its take-off from the city’s airport. The Dornier-228 twin-turboprop aircraft is owned by private carrier Busy Bee. It crashed about a minute after take-off, a source at Goma…

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Over 15 civilians killed in eastern Congo by militants

Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 15 people overnight in eastern Congo, local officials said on Saturday, in the latest massacre since the army launched a major offensive against the rebels last month. Democratic Republic of Congo’s army initiated its latest campaign, with support from U.N. peacekeepers, on Oct. 30 to root out fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) from the dense forests near the Ugandan border. As was the case during previous military operations against the ADF, its fighters have retaliated by attacking civilians, killing more than 40…

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DR Congo: Johnson & Johnson Ebola vaccine rolled out

The second model of an Ebola vaccine has now been introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine has been introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. That vaccine has been administered to over 250,000 people since the start of the outbreak in August 2018. Health officials in the country say this latest move is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. Médecins Sans Frontières…

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Congolese warlord Ntaganda jailed 30 years by ICC

The International Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced former Congolese military leader Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years in prison. Ntaganda was convicted of several atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. He was found guilty in July on 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for acts committed when he was military operations chief for the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002-2003. The former warlord was also accused of keeping women as sex slaves and murder in the DR Congo…

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DR Congo: Journalist killed over Ebola reportage

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said that a Congolese journalist has been killed at his home over his reportage on the deadly Ebola virus. The unidentified attackers, according to the army raided Papy Mumbere Mahamba’s home in Lwebma, in the north-eastern province of Ituri, killing him. His wife was also wounded in the attack with his house set ablaze. The journalist is well known for his reporting on and the creating of awareness about the Ebola virus in DR Congo. According to local reporting, Mr Mahamba…

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Trump cancels trade deal with Cameroon over rights abuses

The US President, Donald Trump has said that Cameroon will no longer benefit from a trade deal signed between the US government and sub-Saharan African countries. Mr. Trump says his government is pulling out of a deal with Cameroon because of “gross” human rights violations against its own citizens. President Trump cited “extrajudicial killings, arbitrary and unlawful detention, and torture” in his statement issued on Thursday. He also added that Cameroon will be officially excluded from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 1, 2020. Human rights group…

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DR Congo to proceed with $14b Inga dam despite row

The Democratic Republic of Congo has said that building a $14 billion dam on the Congo River will still take place. The project is facing many challenges including disagreements between developers. Congolese officials had asked two groups of developers, one Chinese, one Spanish to submit a joint proposal last year. But talks between the partners broke down due to “serious differences” regarding the development and shareholding of the project. Despite several talks between the developers with the latest held in March there was no deal. A government agency overseeing the…

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