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Why Patrice Lumumba’s tooth is yet to return to DR Congo

In September 2020, the family of the Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba received news of taking in the tooth taken from his corpse. A court in Belgium had ruled that the tooth should be returned to Lumumba’s family. Lumumba’s tooth was believed to have been taken by a Belgian policeman who was helping to dispose of the body. The tooth was seized by authorities in 2016 as part of an investigation by federal public prosecutors on Lumumba’s death. The court in Belgium said that the tooth should be given to Lumumba’s…

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DRC: Thousands evacuate amid fears of another volcano eruption

– – Thousands of people have been evacuated in the Democratic Republic of Congo over fears of another eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. The governor of North Kivu province ordered the evacuation of ten districts of the city, saying an eruption could take place with very little warning. At least 31 people are now known to have died when Nyiragongo erupted last weekend. Houses were destroyed and Rwandan authorities have said about 3,000 people had officially crossed from Goma. Cracks measuring hundreds of metres long have appeared in the city…

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DR Congo: Many left homeless amid volcanic eruption

At least five deaths have been reported while people were evacuating and fleeing to safety but officials are yet confirm those reports. Houses were destroyed in the city due to the disaster which occurred 10km (six miles) from Goma. Rwandan authorities said about 3,000 people had officially crossed from Goma. – – Tom Peyre-Costa, from the Norwegian Refugee Council in Goma, told the BBC how the scene had unfolded. “The lava was pretty slow, like, one kilometre per hour, but it didn’t stop…. It started burning the houses,” he said,…

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DR Congo declares end of 12th Ebola outbreak

– – Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday announced an end to the latest outbreak of Ebola in that country. It was the country’s 12 outbreak in its history with six people dying as a result of the outbreak three months ago. Three months ago there was a resurgence of the disease in North Kivu in the country’s eastern region. The UN’s children’s agency Unicef said in a statement that a quick response by the authorities and partners had helped contain the outbreak. The 12th outbreak…

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ICC upholds conviction of DR Congo’s warlord Bosco Ntaganda

– – The International Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the war crimes conviction against Congolese rebel leader, Bosco Ntaganda. The Court in 2019 sentenced the former military leader to 30 years in prison. Ntaganda was convicted of several atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers. He was found guilty 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…

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France bears ‘heavy responsibilities’ in the Rwanda genocide

At least 800,000 people died when ethnic Hutu extremists massacred minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Assassination of a president – – The massacres occurred after the assassination of the then Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994 in a plane crash. Mr Habyarimana – a Hutu backed by France – was on his way back to Rwanda when his plane was shot down. Photo: AFP Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down. Tutsi rebels, led by current president, Paul Kagame were accused of carrying out the attack…

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Congo’s Nguesso to rule beyond 40 years after re-election victory

– – President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville is set to rule his country beyond four decades after securing a fourth term in office in this year’s presidential election. He won re-election by a landslide, with 89% of the vote, according to the country’s interior minister. The main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas – who died on Sunday after catching Covid-19 had 8%. The turnout was 67.55% and elections this year were held in a peaceful atmosphere. Republic of the Congo, Presidential election (preliminary results) Sassou-Nguesso (PCT, centre-left/authoritarian): 89%Kolélas (UDH-YUKI, centre):…

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Congo presidential candidate dies of Covid-19 in aircraft

– – The main contender to President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso in Sunday’s held presidential election, Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas has died of Covid-19. Kolelas died on Sunday while voting was underway after becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. His campaign officials said he tested positive for coronavirus on Friday while ending his campaign activities. The 61-year-old was diabetic, according to his campaign team. A day before the election Kolelas posted a video from his sickbed saying he was “battling against death”. – – He asked voters…

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Internet shutdown in Republic of Congo as voters elect a president

– – The internet has been shutdown on the day of voting in the Republic of Congo as voters choose a new president. Citizens can’t go online, send messages and make calls all in an attempt to prevent expression of opinions on the conduct of the polls via online. ⚠️ Confirmed: Internet has been shut down in the Republic of the #Congo on the day of presidential elections. Network data show a near-total collapse of national connectivity from midnight local time. The incident is ongoing as polls are due to…

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The Congolese woman guerrilla fighter seeking revenge

– – Faida comes from North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a few kilometers from the village of Masisi. She suffered sexual violence in the hands of armed men and after surviving that ordeal Faida is still struggling with the impact caused her mentally and physically. The day she was raped, she told DW that the armed men also murdered her mother and brothers among a total of four women, eight men and two children. Faida blamed the FDLR group (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda),…

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