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Boat disaster kills over 60 in Democratic Republic of Congo

– – More than 60 people have drowned after a boat capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some 300 people have been rescued but as many as 200 others are unaccounted for following the accident on the Congo River. Reports say the boat hit a rock east of the capital, Kinshasa, while travelling at night, which is prohibited. DR Congo’s humanitarian affairs minister Steve Mbikayi has indicated that the boat was also overloaded. “These are the reasons that caused this wreck with over 60 dead. We have managed to rescue…

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Africa Central Africa Democratic republic Of Congo Featured World 

Refugee elected first black Rector of University of Edinburgh

– – A refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Debora Kayembe has been elected the first black Rector of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. Debora Kayembe was elected unopposed and will serve as the University’s 54th Rector, according to the University. She will assume the role of Rector on 1 March, 2021, replacing Ann Henderson who served as Rector for 3 years. This is the first time a black woman is taking on the role in over 400 years. As Rector Kayembe will be a member…

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Africa World 

UK bans travellers from Tanzania and DRC

– – The UK has banned all arrivals from Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo from Friday January 22. It follows the earlier ban on passengers from 11 other Southern African countries to enter the UK. The latest ban is aimed at stopping the spread of the South Africa variant of Covid-19. UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a tweet that British and Irish nationals will be exempted. “All passengers from these countries except British & Irish Nationals and third country nationals with residents’ rights will be denied entry,” he said in the…

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Rebels kill more than 20 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

– – More than 20 civilians have been killed in an attack on a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the DRC have blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group for the attack. Reports say the rebels first attacked a rival group of Congolese militia members before killing inhabitants in the village of Lisasa. Local administrator Donat Kibwana, from the Beni territory in North Kivu province, put the “preliminary death toll” at 21. In a statement a local NGO Cepadho said 15 out of the 21 people killed…

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Felix Tshisekedi Democratic republic Of Congo 

Defiant Fayulu criticised as shaky DRC peace threatened

KINSHASA – THE Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Constitutional Court has proclaimed the final results of December 30 elections, despite claims the poll was rigged. The court declared Felix Tshisekedi as the new president and turned down a request by pre-election favourite, Martin Fayulu’s appeal for a recount. Fayulu and the influential Catholic Church rejected the announcement by electoral authorities that the president-elect received 38,6 percent of the vote to 34,8 percent secured by Fayulu. According to the court ruling, Fayulu failed to prove his assertions that he had won…

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joseph kabila Central Africa Democratic republic Of Congo 

DRC must rescind order to block social media sites

In response to reports that the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered internet firms to block access to social media sites on 18 December, Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:

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Rwanda arefugees Central Africa Rwanda 

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark”

Faustin Twagiramungu addresses President Paul Kagame on the topic of Refugees. Faustin Twagiramungu is a politician from Rwanda living in exile in Belgium. He was prime minister of Rwanda after the 1994 civil war until his resignation in 1995. He was the first head of government appointed after the Rwandese Patriotic Front captured Kigali. He continues to live in Belgium for safety purposes and so he can speak freely about the government of Rwanda.  He is the President of the RDI-Rwanda Rwiza Party based in Brussels.

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US will not support third term for Rwanda’s Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame with the Rwandan Defense Force by Ann Garrison Rodney D. Ford, spokesman for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, has said, in no uncertain terms, that the U.S. will not be supporting a third term by sitting Rwandan President Paul Kagame: “President Kagame is currently serving his second seven-year term in office, having run previously in 2003 and 2010, after winning his first election for president in 2000. The next presidential election is scheduled for 2017. The current Rwandan constitution provides a two-term limit.…

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Children at risk in the hands of the FDLR in eastern of Democratic Republic of the Congo

By: Joseph H. Cavallaro- Vision GRAM-International     May 26, 2015 – In recent weeks, several hundred Congolese children have escaped from armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though the freeing of children from armed groups is always a cause for celebration, there are still an estimated 30,000 children fighting with armed groups in the DR Congo. The armed rebel group that uses many of these child soldiers is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).  They are remnants of the original FDLR that is responsible…

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Will the world remain silent with Rwanda and Uganda in DR Congo again?

An interview with international criminal defense attorney and former law professor Peter Erlinder Ann Garrison While international attention is focused on the constitutional crisis in Burundi, Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers have again violated the territorial integrity of DR Congo by sending troops into the country. What are they up to? INTRODUCTION Rwandan and Ugandan troops have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the past two weeks, but reporting is scant and neither the U.S., the U.N. Security Council nor any other members of the international community have…

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