Africa Central Africa Rwanda World 

Protests break out in eastern Congo over ongoing conflict

– – Protests erupted on Monday in cities of Goma on the DRC side and Rubavu in Rwanda over ongoing conflicts in the area. Police used live ammunition to disperse the protesters who are unhappy with the ongoing war between the Congolese army and the rebel group they claim to get help from the neighboring country of Rwanda. Thousands joined… Read More
Africa East Africa Rwanda World 

French President hosts talks on Rwanda and DR Congo tensions

– – Amid increasing tensions, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a meeting between leaders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tensions have largely been related to the activities of an armed group called M23 in eastern DR Congo which shares borders with Rwanda. M23 had been dormant for years but resumed its attacks last November, making significant gains… Read More
Africa Central Africa World 

UN livid over the killing of civilians by peacekeepers in DR Congo

– – The United Nations(UN) has expressed outraged over the killing of some civilians in the DR Congo by some peacekeepers. Two civilians died whilst fifteen others sustained injuries when the peacekeepers opened fire at a border crossing. Frustration over what residents see as an inability by the peacekeeping force to stop attacks by armed groups in the region erupted… Read More
Africa East Africa World 

At least 10 killed in anti-UN protests in DR Congo

According to local media reporting the protesters were shot by peacekeepers, a claim that the UN office is yet to respond to. There has been an upsurge in violence in the area with locals accusing the UN of being ineffective. Tuesday was the second day of protests with people calling for the UN to withdraw its peacekeepers from the area.… Read More
Africa Central Africa World 

DR Congo buries Patrice Lumumba’s tooth

More than 60 years since he was killed and his body dissolved in acid, the only part of Patrice Lumumba’s body that remained – tooth, has now been buried. The gold-crowned tooth of Democratic Republic of Congo independence was kept by the Belgian policeman who oversaw the disposal of his body. The police officer took the tooth as a trophy… Read More
Africa Central Africa World 

DR Congo: New museum prepares to take in Lumumba’s tooth

– – A newly-built mausoleum in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa is getting ready to welcome the gold-crowned tooth of the country’s independence hero Patrice Lumumba. The mausoleum was however designed by a Chinese architect and is about to take in the only known remains of Mr Lumumba. In September 2020, the family of Lumumba received news of… Read More
Africa World 

Pope regrets delaying trip to DR Congo, South Sudan

– – Pope Francis has apologized for having to postpone a trip to Congo and South Sudan next month. The delayed trip is attributed to what the Pope said was a painful knee. Speaking to the worshipers in St Peter’s Square, the pontiff said he felt “great sorrow” after canceling the trip initially planned for July 2-7. “I want to… Read More
Central Africa 

DR Congo: 37,000 people displaced in four days amid a resurgence of fighting in North Kivu

Renewed clashes between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and presumed M23 fighters were reported in Rutshuru Territory on 22 May. Over the past four days, violence has spread to Nyiragongo Territory, forcing at least 37,000 people to flee their homes. Displaced families who have found shelter in local churches and schools near Goma are… Read More
Africa World 

Pope Francis to visit DR Congo and South Sudan

– – The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis will be visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan in July this year. In a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the Pope is to embark on what is called an Apostolic Journey to these two African countries. In DR Congo, the Pope will visit Kinshasa… Read More
Africa Senegal World 

35th African Union summit opens in Addis Ababa

– – The 35th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and government opened on Saturday in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Last year’s summit was held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic but this year’s event has brought together the African leaders for an in-person event. The 55-member union is holding this summit for the next two… Read More