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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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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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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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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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DR Congo: New Ebola vaccine to be used in November

A new and second model of an Ebola vaccine is to be introduced in the Democratic Republic of Congo in November this year. Health officials in the country say this is to help combat the spread of the deadly virus in the country’s eastern provinces. The Johnson & Johnson manufactured vaccine will now be introduced to compliment that of Merck. The Merck manufactured vaccine was introduced this year and administered to thousands of people. A government statement said a first batch of 500,000 doses of the J&J vaccine should arrive…

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W.H.O accused of ‘rationing Ebola vaccines’ in DR Congo

A medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières is accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group said the global health body is not being transparent in its dealings when it comes to making vaccines accessible to people. Dr. Natalie Roberts, MSF emergency coordinator said in a statement that “Every day we see known contacts of confirmed Ebola patients who have not received their dose despite being eligible for vaccination.” “It’s like giving firefighters a bucket of water to put out…

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DR Congo: 36 people missing in boat disaster

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say at least 36 people are missing after a boat they were traveling in sunk on Sunday. The boat sunk at Maluku commune, a district on the banks of the Congo River in Kinshasa’s suburbs. Police say only 76 survivors have so far been accounted for. The boat came from the province of Mai-Ndombe, a province located southwest of the city of Kinshasa. Authorities said the boat filled with goods and passengers capsized at Mambutuka locality in Maluku commune. Although no bodies have…

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