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# democratic-republic-of-congo - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

From The Score Westmeath footballer Ilunga on dealing with racism in GAA and fearing for his life in Congo Next Generation

Westmeath footballer Ilunga on dealing with racism in GAA and fearing for his life in Congo

The talented teenage full-back has learned to laugh off abuse on the pitch after an incident last year.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Saturday 24 May, 2014

Case Study: Being a gay woman in DRC and facing fears of ‘punitive’ rape

“One day, in 2007, I was surrounded by boys who told me they were going to rape me to give me a taste for men, that whatever I did I was still a woman.”

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Column: The forgotten crises that don’t make the evening news still deserve our attention

In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Column: Today let’s celebrate, recognise, and show solidarity with the women and girls

The 8th March each year marks International Women’s Day. It is a time for us to recognise the women and girls of this world who are living in poverty and vulnerability due to gender discrimination, says Bernadette Crawford.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Thursday 28 November, 2013

“We hear of babies as young as five months being abducted and raped repeatedly” DRC

“We hear of babies as young as five months being abducted and raped repeatedly”

An Irish consortium highlighted the issue of gender based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo at a seminar in Dublin yesterday.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Saturday 17 August, 2013

82 child soldiers rescued from militia in DR Congo

The children, some as young as eight-years-old, were recruited by the group over the last six months.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Bananas thrown at black Italian minister

Kyenge, who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo but has lived in Italy for 30 years, has faced several incidents of racism since taking her post.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

One person became a refugee every four seconds last year

Over one million people fled across international borders last year with 6.5 million displaced in their own home countries.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Saturday 15 June, 2013

Two girls die as wave of child rapes hits province in DRC

Doctor in Democratic Republic of Congo speaks of the horror of flood of children coming to hospital in critical state.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Ireland is the 20th safest country for newborns and mothers – report

The report by the charity Save the Children used stats from 186 countries.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Monday 4 March, 2013

80 killed in DR Congo clash: UN DRC

80 killed in DR Congo clash: UN

A rebel militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seized control of an eastern town after days of fighting that have left more than 80 people dead, the UN has confirmed.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Friday 30 November, 2012

Britain suspends aid to Rwanda over DR Congo rebel support DRC

Britain suspends aid to Rwanda over DR Congo rebel support

The UK is to withhold million in aid over concerns that Rwanda is supporting of rebels country, which is in the midst of an increasingly violent conflict.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains DRC

Congo: Violence continues, M23 rebels press forward after gains

A rebel group seeking to overthrow the Congolese government makes gains, and millions of civilians are displaced by the conflict.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Civilians ‘preyed upon’ in DR Congo violence, say humanitarian workers

Aid workers say the deteriorating situation in the country has left millions of civilians displaced and vulnerable to exploitation and violence.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

UN mission ‘failing to protect DRC civilians’ DRC

UN mission ‘failing to protect DRC civilians’

The International Crisis Group warns of risk of “serious escalation of violence” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

In first verdict International Criminal Court finds Congo warlord guilty ICC

In first verdict International Criminal Court finds Congo warlord guilty

Thomas Lubanga has been found guilty of conscripting and enlisting children to fight for him.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Friday 2 December, 2011

18 people killed in Congo election, says rights group

At least 18 people have been killed and 100 seriously injured in election violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Human Rights Watch.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Sunday 27 November, 2011

Four dead after pre-election clashes in DR Congo

The election is almost certainly expected to return President Joseph Kibala to power, analysts say.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Wednesday 15 June, 2011

The world’s worst places to be a woman – survey

Global survey releases findings which show that Afghanistan is the most dangerous place for women, while the DRC comes a close second.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Tuesday 22 February, 2011

Congo army colonel sentenced to 20 years for ordering New Year’s Day mass rape

A lieutenant colonel and his subordinates escaped the death penalty but received prison sentences in a landmark case.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Friday 28 January, 2011

53 men, women, children raped in DRC in three days, says MSF

Humanitarian aid agency says the already-volatile situation in eastern DRC has deteriorated further, as new reports of mass rape emerge.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Friday 15 October, 2010

UN: DRC government troops may have raped and murdered civilians

The same communities that were horrifically abused by rebels months ago may have been targeted again by the troops meant to protect them.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Wednesday 8 September, 2010

500 raped in Congo attack

500 men, women and children were raped in rebel attacks just miles from the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission outpost.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Friday 27 August, 2010

ATROCITIES CARRIED OUT in Democratic of Congo (DRC) over a 10 year period have been classed as war crimes by the United Nations, according to a leaked draft report.

The report says that the Rwandan army could be responsible for carrying out genocide against members of the Hutu tribe in DRC, during a conflict between the two countries that spanned from 1993 to 2003.

The 600-page document outlines how Hutus were the victims of rape, murder and looting at the hands of Rwandan forces. It details how large numbers of Hutu families were rounded up and violently killed with hoes, hammers and axes, or burned alive.

It concludes that most of the victims were women, children, the elderly and the infirm.

Rwanda has blasted the findings, dismissing them as “rubbish” and an “amateurish NGO job”, according to various reports. The Rwandan government is likely to find the report highly embarrassing as it is attempting to detach itself from its own bloody past and present Rwanda as a modern country.

At one point, the draft report details Rwanda’s invasion of DRC (then Zaire) in 1996, when Rwandan Tutsis pursued fleeing DCR Hutu soldiers.

The report states:

The extent of the crimes and the large number of victims, probably in the several tens of thousands, are demonstrated by the numerous incidents detailed in the report. The extensive use of non-firearms, particularly hammers, and the systematic massacres of survivors after camps were taken prove that the number of deaths cannot be put down to the margins of war. Among the victims were mostly children, women, old and ill people.

Rwanda invaded DRC again, in 1998, when it suspected the country’s new regime supported Hutu rebels. The conflict involved eight countries and 21 militia groups. DRC’s rich mineral deposits were plundered of diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt and zinc.

Angolan rebels are also implicated for raping and looting during the invasion.

A spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, Rupert Colville, has said that the leaked document was only a draft and that the final report (due to be published next month) would be likely to contain revisions.

However, Rwanda reportedly urging the UN to retract some of the more serious allegations contained within the report. If the changes in the final report prove to be significant, the UN could be accused of submitting to the pressure.

See this BBC report for background details of  the conflict in DRC.

# democratic-republic-of-congo - Thursday 29 July, 2010

138 PEOPLE HAVE died after an overloaded boat capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Reuters reports. The accident occurred during bad weather some 300km from Kinshasa. River and air transport are often the only options for Congolese travellers due to the poor condition of the country’s rail and road network.