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DR Congo: Meningitis outbreak declared with 129 deaths

– – The World Health Organization has declared an epidemic of meningitis in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. So far 129 people have died from the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. In a statement it said a total of 261 suspected cases have been recorded with a “high case fatality ratio of 50 percent.” “Confirmatory tests carried out by the Institut Pasteur in Paris detected Neisseria meningitidis – one of the most frequent types of bacterial meningitis with the potential to cause large epidemics,” the statement…

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DR Congo: 12 dead; over 4000 sick from toxic leak

– – At least 12 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of toxic leak. The toxic substances were leaked from a diamond mine in neighboring Angola. About 4,500 people have also fallen sick as a result of the incident in the south of the Country. The country’s environment minister Eve Bazaiba said DR Congo would ask for reparations for the damage caused but did not specify an amount. After a visit to Kasai province, where the Tshikapa River turned red and many fish died,…

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Rebels hack 19 civilians to death in DR Congo

– – At least nineteen civilians have been hacked to death and burnt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The civilians were reportedly killed by Uganda rebels in the DRC. The incident occurred during an attack on the Kasanzi village in the Beni territory of North Kivu. Red Cross workers who went into the bush to search for those missing have so far retrieved fourteen bodies. A local official Kakule Kalunga has told the AFP that several houses were also set ablaze. – – “[The] 19 people were killed by the rebels…

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Congolese bill seeks to limit dowry payment to $500

– – A politician in the Democratic Republic of Congo has introduced a bill in the country’s parliament seeking to revise dowry payments for marriages. Daniel Mbau is concerned about what he called exorbitant dowry prices ranging from $2000 and above. His bill is proposing a dowry payment of $500 for women from the cities and $200 for women from rural areas. According to Mbau, the present high dowry price is preventing many young people from engaging in lawful marriages, resulting in a significant number of rapes. The politician is…

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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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Italian ambassador to DR Congo killed in attack on UN convoy

Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in an attack on a UN convoy. The country’s foreign ministry said the ambassador was travelling in the United Nations convoy when it came under fire near Goma, in the east of the DR Congo. 43-year-old Luca Attanasio died in hospital on Monday, according to officials. The foreign ministry’s statement said “It is with deep sadness that the foreign ministry confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Italian ambassador.” Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio expressed his “great…

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